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Computer Scientist Salary

Median pay for Computer Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $90K per year. Overall cash earnings for Computer Scientists stretch from $53K on the lower end to $131K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (87 percent) of Computer Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,817 - $128,356
(Median)
$55K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,338
10%
50%
90%

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$12.58 - $57.61
(Median)
$13
$30
$58
MEDIAN: $30
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,817 - $128,356  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,091  
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $15,000  
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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$53,212 - $131,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.58 - $57.61  
   
Overtime
$6.04 - $50.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $15,000  
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).
)
$53,212 - $131,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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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For Computer Scientists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Computer Scientists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Senior Software Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Scientist


Sri, International leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $139K.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Survey results imply that Computer Scientists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Image Processing, Machine Learning, Software Development, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. 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 who know C++ also know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $99K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $101K. Computer Scientists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $100K.

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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 11%


National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

Image Processing
up arrow 15%

Machine Learning
up arrow 12%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

National Average
$90,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Web Development
up arrow 3%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 11%

Python
up arrow 11%

up arrow 16%

C
up arrow 16%

C#
up arrow 20%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%