Computer Scientist Salary

A Computer Scientist earns an average salary of $76,801 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. A skill in Python is associated with high pay for this job.
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$49,128 - $121,545
$49K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,801
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50%
90%

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$14.30 - $53.83
$14
$29
$54
MEDIAN: $28.88
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,128 - $121,545  
   
Bonus
$151.01 - $10,231  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $20,952  
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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$49,160 - $124,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $53.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$27.90 - $68.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$151.01 - $10,231  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $20,952  
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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$49,160 - $124,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,484

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Key Stats for Computer Scientist

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries

▲39%

▲33%

▲18%

National Average
$77,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

▲15%

Matlab
▲10%


C++
▲3%


▲3%

Image Processing
▲2%

C
▲1%

C++ Programming Language
▼0%

National Average
$77,000



▼4%

C#
▼9%


Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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