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Computer Scientist Salary

The average Computer Scientist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $90K per year. In the world of Computer Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $53K and $131K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $15K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. The vast majority of Computer Scientists (88 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Scientists. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,304 - $128,251
(Median)
$54K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,330
10%
50%
90%

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$12.67 - $57.21
(Median)
$13
$32
$57
MEDIAN: $31.00
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
$54,304 - $128,251  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,105  
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $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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$52,653 - $131,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $57.21  
   
Overtime
$6.21 - $50.91  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,105  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $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).
)
$52,653 - $131,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Computer Scientists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Senior Software Engineer. Median pay for Senior Software Engineers is $93K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Scientist


Sri, International offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $139K.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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. Those educated in C++ tend to be well versed in Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $72K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $99K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $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 13%

Machine Learning
up arrow 12%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

National Average
$90,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 3%

Web Development
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 11%

Python
up arrow 11%

C
up arrow 13%

up arrow 17%

C#
up arrow 21%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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