Computer Scientist Salary

Computer Scientists in the United States take home an average $75K per year. Overall cash earnings for Computer Scientists stretch from $49K on the lower end to $123K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (84 percent) of Computer Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,292 - $120,456
$49K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $74,911
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$18.82 - $57.03
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MEDIAN: $29.80
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$0$122K
Salary $49,292 - $120,456
Bonus $153.96 - $10,183
Profit Sharing $148.99 - $15,101
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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$49,453 - $122,842
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 463
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $18.82 - $57.03
Hourly Tips $0.91
Overtime $1.80 - $67.92
Annual Data $0$122K
Bonus $153.96 - $10,183
Profit Sharing $148.99 - $15,101
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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$49,453 - $122,842
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 44

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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.

Common Career Paths for Computer Scientist


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Computer Scientists who move on to become Senior Software Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Software Engineers get paid an average of $94K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Scientist


Sri, International offers the largest salaries in town — $139K on average.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Computer Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Matlab, Systems Engineering, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, C# Programming Language, and C#. It is often found that people who know Java are also skilled in C++.

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: $75,622

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

There's tons of opportunity for Computer Scientists in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco all offer salaries above the national rate. Computer Scientists in Atlanta make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Norfolk (16 percent lower) and Charleston (14 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Computer Scientist

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries

▲47%

▲35%

▲20%

National Average
$76,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

▲17%


▲12%

C++
▲5%


C
▲4%

▲4%


C++ Programming Language
▲2%

C programming Language
▲1%

National Average
$76,000

▼2%


C#
▼7%


Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 10%
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