Computer Scientist Salary

A Computer Scientist earns an average salary of $76,205 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Python, Matlab, and Systems Engineering.
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$49,234 - $120,991
$49K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,205
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$17.70 - $54.69
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MEDIAN: $28.88
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,234 - $120,991  
   
Bonus
$150.00 - $10,241  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $17,500  
Total Pay (?
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$49,255 - $123,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $54.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$27.90 - $68.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$150.00 - $10,241  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $17,500  
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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$49,255 - $123,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 347 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 108 salaries. An experienced Computer Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 66 salaries. A Computer Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,668

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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 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries

▲45%

▲33%

▲19%

National Average
$77,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

▲15%

▲11%


C++
▲4%


▲3%

C
▲2%


C++ Programming Language
▼0%

C programming Language
▼0%

National Average
$77,000

▼3%


C#
▼8%


Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 9%
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