Operations research analysts
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Overview
Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for operations research analysts are expected to grow by 27%, and should have about 10,700 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Operations research analysts are less likely to be automated than 81% of other careers.
Workforce size
Operations research analysts, with 114,000 workers, form a larger workforce than 67% of careers.
Education
About 73% of operations research analysts have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by operations research analysts
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More operations research analysts have bachelor's degrees than 82% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for operations research analysts is higher than 86% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most operations research analysts.
This job's median $83KAll jobs' median $39K$82K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 49% of operations research analysts -- that's a larger percentage than 63% of other jobs.
Gender of operations research analysts
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For operations research analysts, the median men's salary was 16% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 27% of operations research analysts are minority, and 15% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of operations research analysts
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (15%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Operations Research Analysts per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 73% of operations research analysts, and 83% have company-sponsored health insurance (14% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for operations research analysts
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 74% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do operations research analysts earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for operations research analysts, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for operations research analysts compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for operations research analysts (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all operations research analysts, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for operations research analysts compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for operations research analysts (ACS Salary Data)
$78K$0$50K$100K$150K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where operations research analysts work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Operations research analysts (ACS)
Private for-profit (41.5%)
Private not-for-profit (5.9%)
Local government (6.1%)
State government (13.1%)
Federal government (32.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.3%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.6%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of operations research analysts by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$78K$78K$75K$94K$58K$118K$70K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of operations research analysts by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$83K$114K$73K$83K$58K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for operations research analysts

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

$85K$91K$83K$55K$89K$89K$71K$82K$40K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSalary distribution20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Operations research analysts and gender

With 49% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 63% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Operations research analysts
Men (51%)
Women (49%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for operations research analysts, with the median salary for men 16% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Operations research analysts have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 46% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of operations research analysts

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority operations research analysts than for 80% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of operations research analysts
White (72% )
Black (11% )
Asian (11% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
27%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
15%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for operations research analysts by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for operations research analysts by nativity
$78K$78K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by operations research analysts

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), operations research analysts typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as operations research analysts as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for operations research analysts.

Education attained by operations research analysts
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for operations research analysts

Many entry-level positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. However, some employers may prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree.

Although some schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, some analysts have degrees in other technical or quantitative fields, such as engineering, computer science, analytics, or mathematics.

Because operations research is based on quantitative analysis, students need extensive coursework in mathematics. Courses include statistics, calculus, and linear algebra. Coursework in computer science is important because analysts rely on advanced statistical and database software to analyze and model data. Courses in other areas, such as engineering, economics, and political science, are useful because operations research is a multidisciplinary field with a wide variety of applications.

Continuing education is important for operations research analysts. Keeping up with advances in technology, software tools, and improved analytical methods is vital.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for operations research analysts? Below we see the distribution of operations research analysts salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as operations research analysts, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$66K$62K$68K$77K$91K$99K$108K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KHigh School (6%)Some College (15%)Associate's Degree (7%)Bachelor's Degree (42%)Master's Degree (27%)Professional Deg/Doct (2%)Doctorate (3%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by operations research analysts

This table shows the college majors held by people working as operations research analysts. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Operations research analysts with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
4.4%
$0$200K$87K
4.1%
$0$200K$63K
3.9%
$0$200K$73K
3.5%
$0$200K$53K
3.2%
$0$200K$60K
3.1%
$0$200K$73K
3.0%
$0$200K$67K
2.7%
$0$200K$72K
2.5%
$0$200K$63K
2.2%
$0$200K$97K
1.8%
$0$200K$54K
1.6%
$0$200K$56K
1.6%
$0$200K$60K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as operations research analysts, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by operations research analysts given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Managers (specialized areas)Accountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersLawyers, judges, and magistratesElementary and middle school teachersPostsecondary teachersManagement analystsEducation administratorsApplications and systems software developersComputer programmersComputer and information systems managersComputer occupations (specialized areas)Computer systems analystsComputer support specialistsNetwork and computer systems administratorsRetail salespersonsPersonal financial advisorsCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPhysicians and surgeonsSecondary school teachersActuariesBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerksFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersFinancial analystsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsCredit counselors and loan officersBusiness Management andAdministrationPolitical Science andGovernmentComputer ScienceGeneral BusinessEconomicsPsychologyHistoryMathematicsAccountingFinanceAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for operations research analysts

What jobs will most operations research analysts hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of operations research analysts reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Operations research analystsComputer systems analystsManagers (specialized areas)Management analystsApplications and systems software developersComputer occupations (specialized areas)Secretaries and administrative assistantsComputer support specialistsDetectives and criminal investigatorsFinancial analystsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsComputer programmersSocial scientists (specialized areas)Taxi drivers and chauffeursBusiness operations specialistsEngineers (specialized areas)Legal support workers (specialized areas)
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for operations research analysts

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 9 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as operations research analysts as well as 1% of respondents after working as operations research analysts. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for operations research analysts
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
Business operations specialists
104,900
$0$200K
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Computer support specialists
72,300
$0$200K$54K
Computer systems analysts
45,200
$0$200K$75K
Computer occupations (specialized areas)
22,500
$0$200K$68K
Computer programmers
15,700
$0$200K$82K
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for operations research analysts: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as operations research analysts? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of operations research analysts surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for operations research analysts
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
1.3%
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
1.4%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
2.0%
Accountants and auditors
143,000
$0$200K$60K
1.6%
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
5.3%
Business operations specialists
104,900
$0$200K
1.1%
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
3.9%
Social workers
84,700
$0$200K$43K
1.0%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
4.6%
Computer support specialists
72,300
$0$200K$54K
1.5%
Computer systems analysts
45,200
$0$200K$75K
6.9%
Computer and information systems managers
32,500
$0$200K$99K
2.0%
Network and computer systems administrators
27,000
$0$200K$71K
1.1%
Computer occupations (specialized areas)
22,500
$0$200K$68K
3.5%
Computer programmers
15,700
$0$200K$82K
1.5%
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
11,400
$0$200K$54K
1.1%
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
1.4%
Operations research analysts
10,700
$0$200K$78K
21.1%
Purchasing managers
6,300
$0$200K$73K
1.0%
Budget analysts
4,800
$0$200K$73K
1.7%
Read about operations research analysts
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Operations research analysts typically do the following:

  • Identify and solve problems in areas such as business, logistics, healthcare, or other fields
  • Collect and organize information from a variety of sources, such as computer databases, sales histories, and customer feedback
  • Gather input from workers involved in all aspects of a problem or from others who have specialized knowledge, so that they can help solve the problem
  • Examine information to figure out what is relevant to a problem and what methods might be used to analyze it
  • Use statistical analysis, simulations, predictive modeling, or other methods to analyze information and develop practical solutions to business problems
  • Advise managers and other decisionmakers on the effects of various courses of action to take in order to address a problem
  • Write memos, reports, and other documents explaining their findings and recommendations for managers, executives, and other officials

Operations research analysts are involved in all aspects of an organization. They help managers decide how to allocate resources, develop production schedules, manage the supply chain, and set prices. For example, they may help decide how to organize products in supermarkets or help companies figure out the most effective way to ship and distribute products.

Analysts must first identify and understand the problem to be solved or the processes to be improved. Analysts typically collect relevant data from the field and interview clients or managers involved in the business processes being examined. Analysts show the implications of pursuing different actions and may assist in achieving a consensus on how to proceed.

Operations research analysts use sophisticated computer software, such as databases and statistical packages, to analyze and solve problems. Analysts use statistical software to simulate current and future events and evaluate alternative courses of action. Analysts break down problems into their various parts and analyze the effect that different changes and circumstances would have on each of these parts. For example, to help an airline schedule flights and decide what to charge for tickets, analysts may take into account the cities that have to be connected, the amount of fuel required to fly those routes, the expected number of passengers, pilots’ schedules, maintenance costs, and fuel prices.

There is no one way to solve a problem, and analysts must weigh the costs and benefits of alternative solutions or approaches in their recommendations to managers.

Because problems are complex and often require expertise from many disciplines, most analysts work on teams. Once a manager reaches a final decision, these teams may work with others in the organization to ensure that the plan is successful.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of operations research analysts? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Operations research analysts use a wide range of methods, such as forecasting, data mining, and statistical analysis, to examine and interpret data. They must determine the appropriate software packages and understand computer programming languages to design and develop new techniques and models.
Communication skills
Operations research analysts often present their data and conclusions to managers and other executives. They also need to communicate technical information to people without a technical background.
Critical-thinking skills
Operations research analysts must be able to figure out what information is relevant to their work. They also must be able to evaluate the costs and benefits of alternative solutions before making a recommendation.
Interpersonal skills
Operations research analysts typically work on teams. They also need to be able to convince managers and top executives to accept their recommendations.
Math skills
The models and methods used by operations research analysts are rooted in statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and other advanced mathematical disciplines.
Problem-solving skills
Operations research analysts need to be able to diagnose problems on the basis of information given to them by others. They then analyze relevant information to solve the problems.
Writing skills
Operations research analysts write memos, reports, and other documents explaining their findings and recommendations.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for operations research analysts
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for operations research analysts was higher than 86% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $83KAll jobs' median $39K$80K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for operations research analysts are anticipated to grow by 27% over the next decade; only 2% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for operations research analysts is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most operations research analysts? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as operations research analysts. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Operations Research Analysts per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where operations research analysts earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for operations research analysts compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for operations research analysts.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Operations Research Analysts to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which operations research analysts earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Operations research analysts (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

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  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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