Computer Scientist Salary

Computer Scientists in the United States can expect wages of $77K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Computer Scientists varies from around $49K to approximately $124K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $21K, respectively. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority (85 percent) of Computer Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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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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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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.

Common Career Paths for Computer Scientist


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Computer Scientists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $94K per 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


Survey results imply that Computer Scientists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Python, Matlab, Systems Engineering, and Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, C# Programming Language, and C#. Most people experienced in Java also know C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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


Computer Scientists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $69K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $91K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $103K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,484

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

California cities San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco are lucrative areas for Computer Scientists, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Computer Scientists in Atlanta earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Norfolk and Charleston (18 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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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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