The average salary for a Computer Scientist is $88,436 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. A skill in Image Processing is associated with high pay for this job.
Computer Scientist Total Pay (?
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$54,412 - $125,130
(Median)
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100K
130K
MEDIAN: $88,436
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Computer Scientist Total Pay (?
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$12.24 - $76.60
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,412 - $125,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,244  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,515  
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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$51,800 - $128,690  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $76.60  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $48.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,244  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,515  
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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$51,800 - $128,690  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 403
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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.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Washington
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National Average
$89,000
San Diego
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Charleston
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Boston
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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$89,000

Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

Image Processing
up arrow 20%
Project Management
up arrow 3%
National Average
$89,000
Web Development
up arrow 1%
C++
up arrow 13%
C
up arrow 19%
Java
up arrow 24%
C#
up arrow 27%
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Gender
Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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