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Computer Scientist Salary

Median pay for Computer Scientists in the United States is around $89K annually, but employers in Seattle offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $119K. Computer Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$54,972 - $127,543
(Median)
55K
66K
89K
100K
130K
MEDIAN: $89,120
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$12.51 - $68.21
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,972 - $127,543  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,090  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,933  
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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$53,180 - $130,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 456
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $68.21  
   
Overtime
$6.21 - $50.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,933  
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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$53,180 - $130,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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


Salaries are easily beat at Adobe Systems Incorporated, where median pay comes to just $104K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $96K and ending at $127K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Computer Scientists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Image Processing, Machine Learning, Software Development, and Project Management 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. It is often found that people who know C++ are also skilled in Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $70K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $99K. Computer Scientists see a median salary of $100K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Computer Scientists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

Image Processing
up arrow 18%

Machine Learning
up arrow 14%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

National Average
$89,000

Web Development
up arrow 1%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 8%

C++
up arrow 9%

Python
up arrow 13%

C
up arrow 16%

up arrow 18%

C#
up arrow 20%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%