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Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences
Employment of New PhDs

Doctorate Granting Mathematical Science departments are asked annually to report on the dissertation titles and employment status for their PhD recipients. The information reported by the departments is then updated with additional information provided by the individual new doctoral recipients through the Employment Experiences of New Doctoral Recipients Survey.

Presented here are the reports and summary data based on the information provided by these departments, as reported to the Annual Survey.

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Historical Data on New Doctoral Recipients & Starting Salaries

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Historical Information on Doctoral Degrees Conferred (Names & Thesis Titles)

A complete list of the names and thesis titles of recipients of doctoral degrees reported in the mathematical sciences is published each year in the August issue of the Notices.

Prior to 2009-2010, a preliminary list of names appeared in the February issue of Notices with the names of those not received in time for this issue being reported in a supplementary list at the end of the Report on New Doctoral Recipients published in the August issue of Notices.

The lists below provide information on Doctorates Granted between July 1 -- June 30.  Supplement lists, where created, have been appended to the end of the PDF files.


Remarks on US Unemployment Rate Calculations

In the unemployment calculations provided in this report, the individuals employed outside the US have been removed from the denominator used in the calculation of the rate, in addition to the routing removal of all individuals whose employment status is unknown. This is a change from Annual Survey Reports prior to 2009. As a consequence, the unemployment rate now being reported more accurately reflects the US labor market experienced by the new doctoral recipients. This change tends to increase the rate of unemployment over that reported in prior years.

Another small change from prior years is that those individuals reported as not seeking employment have also been removed from the denominator. The number of individuals so designated is small each year, and the impact of this change is to produce a slight increase in the rate over that reported in prior years.

The unemployment rates for years prior to 2009 shown in this report have been recalculated using this method. One can view a comparison of the unemployment rates using the earlier method and the current method by visiting the AMS website at

Remarks on Starting Salaries

Key to Tables and Graphs. Salaries are those reported for the fall immediately following the survey cycle. Years listed denote the survey cycle in which the doctorate was received—for example, survey cycle July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016 is designated as 2016. Salaries reported as 9–10 months exclude stipends for summer grants or summer teaching or the equivalent. M and F are male and female, respectively. Male and female figures are not provided when the number of salaries available for analysis in a particular category was five or fewer. All categories of “Teaching/Teaching and Research” and “Research Only” contain those recipients employed at academic institutions only.

Graphs. The graphs show standard boxplots summarizing salary distribution information for the years indicated. Values plotted have been converted to current dollars using the implicit price deflator prepared annually by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Department of Commerce. These categories are based on work activities reported in EENDR. Salaries of postdoctorates are shown separately. They are also included in other academic categories with matching work activities.

For each boxplot the box shows the first quartile (Q1), the median (M), and the third quartile (Q3). The interquartile range (IQR) is defined as Q3­­–Q1. Think of constructing invisible fences: 1.5 IQR below Q1 represents the lower fence and 1.5 IQR above Q3 represents the upper fence. Whiskers are drawn from Q3 to the largest observation that falls below the upper invisible fence and from Q1 to the smallest observation that falls above the lower invisible fence. Think of constructing two more invisible fences, each falling 1.5 IQR above or below the existing invisible fences. Any observation that falls between the fences on each end of the boxplots is called an outlier and is plotted as ¡ in the boxplots. Any observation that falls outside of both fences either above or below the box in the boxplot is called an extreme outlier and is marked as ­­­­­­­­­­â in the boxplot.

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