Computer Scientist Salary

An average Computer Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $89K per year. Overall incomes of Computer Scientists generally bottom out at around $52K and peak near $130K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (89 percent) of Computer Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,398 - $127,231

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$17.70 - $56.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,398 - $127,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,065  
Profit Sharing
$9.70 - $10,213  
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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$51,795 - $129,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $56.77  
   
Overtime
$6.30 - $50.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,065  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.70 - $10,213  
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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$51,795 - $129,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 who transition into an upper level Senior Software Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Senior Software Engineer makes $93K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Scientist


For Computer Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Sri, International; in fact, median earnings sit around $139K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Computer Scientists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Machine Learning, Image Processing, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 16 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $99K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $100K. Computer Scientists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 22%

Image Processing
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JavaScript
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Software Development
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Matlab
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National Average
$89,000

Project Management
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Web Development
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C++
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C
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Python
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C#
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%
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