Computer Scientist Salary

Computer Scientists in the United States take home an average $86K per year. Overall cash earnings of Computer Scientists stretch from $52K near the bottom to $130K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. Most Computer Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority (87 percent) of Computer Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$52,953 - $127,598
(Median)
$53K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,917
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50%
90%

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$17.09 - $50.62
(Median)
$17
$29
$51
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,953 - $127,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,101  
Profit Sharing
$9.90 - $9,863  
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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$51,591 - $129,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 618
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.09 - $50.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$26.49 - $52.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,101  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.90 - $9,863  
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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$51,591 - $129,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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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For Computer Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Sri, International; in fact, median earnings sit around $139K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Computer Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Machine Learning, Image Processing, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 19 percent, and 12 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. It is often found that people who know C++ are also skilled in Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $71K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $96K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $101K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries




National Average
$86,000


Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 34%

Image Processing
up arrow 19%

JavaScript
up arrow 12%

Matlab
up arrow 5%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$86,000

Linux
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 7%

Web Development
up arrow 7%

C
up arrow 8%

up arrow 9%

up arrow 12%

C#
up arrow 18%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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