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Computer Scientist Salary

The average salary for a Computer Scientist is $89,121 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Image Processing and Machine Learning.
$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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$53,180 - $130,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
United States (change)

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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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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

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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%