Overview

Workforce size

Statistical assistants, with 11,800 workers,
form a smaller workforce than 84% of careers.

Predicted employment growth

Over the next decade, jobs for statistical assistants are expected
to grow by 9%, and
should have about 1,600 job openings a year.

Safety from automation

The likelihood of autmoation for ${title} is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.

Education

Only 34% of statistical assistants have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Education attained by statistical assistants

High School

Some College

Bachelor's Degree

Master's Degree

Doctorate

Context: workers with bachelor's degrees

This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.

Salaries

The median (middle) salary for 50% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for statistical assistants. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most statistical assistants.

Context: Median Salary

Gender

Women account for 58% of statistical assistants -- that's a larger percentage than 74% of other jobs.

Gender of statistical assistants

Men

Women

Context: Salary inequity

For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For statistical assistants, the median men's salary was 18% more the median woman's salary.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Race/Origin

About 23% of statistical assistants are minority, and 15% are foreign-born.

Race/origin of statistical assistants

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 Statistical Assistants per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.

Job benefits

Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 70% of statistical assistants, and 78% have company-sponsored health insurance (22% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).

Employer-provided health coverage for statistical assistants

100% premiums covered

Partial premiums covered

Plan with no cost sharing

No health insurance

SOURCES:2013-2019 CPS

The downside

Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of statistical assistants who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.

- Time Pressure (42%)

SOURCES:24.0 O*NET

Salary and diversity

Salary overview

What do statistical assistants 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 statistical assistants, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for statistical assistants compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.

Distribution: Salaries for statistical assistants (BLS Salary Data)

Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)

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 statistical assistants, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for statistical assistants compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.

Distribution: Salaries for statistical assistants (ACS Salary Data)

Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)

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 statistical assistants 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 Statistical assistants (ACS)

Private for-profit (63.8%)

Private not-for-profit (6.8%)

Local government (8.2%)

State government (9.2%)

Federal government (10.7%)

Self-employed incorporated (0.8%)

Self-employed not incorporated (0.4%)

Working without pay (0.0%)

Distribution: Salaries of statistical assistants by type of employer (ACS data)

Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.

Distribution: Salaries of statistical assistants 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.

Age and career advancement

Salary growth for statistical assistants

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.

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.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Gender and Equity

Statistical assistants and gender

With 58% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 74% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce

Gender of Statistical assistants

Men (42%)

Women (58%)

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 statistical assistants, with the median salary for men 18% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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. Statistical assistants 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 54% of other jobs.

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.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Race/Origin

Race and origin of statistical assistants

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 statistical assistants than for 64% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of statistical assistants

White (75% )

Black (11% )

Asian (7% )

Multiracial (4% )

Other (2% )

Hispanic (1% )

American Indian (1% )

Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce

Context: Representation of foreign-born workers

Distribution: Salaries for statistical assistants 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.

Distribution: Salaries for statistical assistants by nativity

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 statistical assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), statistical assistants 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 statistical assistants as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for statistical assistants.

Education attained by statistical assistants

None

High School

Some College

Associate's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Master's Degree

Professional Deg/Doct

Doctorate

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for statistical assistants? Below we see the distribution of statistical assistants salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as statistical assistants, 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.

Bachelor's degree pathways

College majors held by statistical assistants

This table shows the college majors held by people working as statistical assistants. 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!

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 statistical assistants, 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 statistical assistants 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

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Switching Careers

Most common new jobs

The most common next careers for statistical assistants

What jobs will most statistical assistants 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 statistical assistants reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

SOURCES:2013-2019 CPS

Lateral career moves

Lateral job transitions for statistical assistants

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 5 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as statistical assistants as well as 1% of respondents after working as statistical assistants. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings

Prior and next careers for statistical assistants: full listings

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

Choose which type of transition to view

Prior jobs

Next jobs

Trends in employment

Salary trends

Distribution and trends: Salaries for statistical assistants

Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view

Adjusted for inflation

Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 50% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for statistical assistants. 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.

Projected versus actual employment

Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for statistical assistants are anticipated to grow by 9% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 57% of other jobs.

The projected employment for statistical assistants 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.

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 statistical assistants? 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 statistical assistants. 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.

Choose the metric to review

Jobs per 1000 working

Number of jobs

Use this data source

BLS

Number of Statistical Assistants per 1,000 workers (BLS)

Select a state to see local area details

Salary

Salaries by state

Let's get a feel for where statistical assistants 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 statistical assistants compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or**Median salary:**the unaltered median salaries for statistical assistants.

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.

Choose the metric to review

In-state comparisions

Median salary

Use this data source

BLS

Median salary ratio: Statistical Assistants to all workers (BLS)

The darkest shading corresponds to states in which statistical assistants 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.

Select a state to see local area details

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 Statistical assistants (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:

**Interests**: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?**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?