Computer Scientist Salary

An average Computer Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $89K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $52K and hits $130K on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men make up the vast majority of Computer Scientists (88 percent) who took the survey. The majority of Computer Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,134 - $127,562
(Median)
$53K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,219
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$19.63 - $57.21
(Median)
$20
$33
$57
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,134 - $127,562  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,057  
Profit Sharing
$9.70 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,795 - $130,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 510
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.63 - $57.21  
   
Overtime
$6.30 - $50.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.70 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,795 - $130,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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Job Description for Computer Scientist

Computer scientists develop and maintain computer-based tools to facilitate and improve their organization's functioning. They may work with a variety of teams and individuals in their company; for example, a computer scientist may design a database to track inventory for a company or develop an algorithm to predict customer trends to help guide production and development. Good communication skills are valuable to a computer scientist so they can understand what their colleagues need. Strong attention to detail is necessary to ensure that software is not only effective, but also user-friendly (including for users who may not be technically adept).

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Computer Scientist Tasks

  • Plan, coordinate and execute research objectives.
  • Perform research support on problems of diverse scope and execute research projects.
  • Generate research ideas and solutions to complex computer science problems.
  • Writes articles for publication.

Common Career Paths for Computer Scientist


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Many Computer Scientists move into a Senior Software Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Senior Software Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Computer Scientists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Scientist


Those at Sri, International can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $139K.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Survey takers working as Computer Scientists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Machine Learning and Image Processing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Those listing Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. C# and Java also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with C++ also know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $72K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $99K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $100K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

Machine Learning
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Image Processing
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Software Development
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Matlab
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National Average
$89,000

Project Management
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Web Development
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Systems Engineering
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C++
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Python
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C
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C#
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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