Computer Scientist Salary (United States)

Median pay for Computer Scientists in the United States is around $89,015 annually, but employers in Los Angeles offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $112K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, top-paying markets where Computer Scientists rake in more than the national norm (+24 percent, +18 percent, +18 percent, and +5 percent). The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computer Scientist Salary (?
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$54,622 - $126,891
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MEDIAN: $89,284
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Computer Scientist Salary (?
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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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$54,622 - $126,891  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,081  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$52,464 - $129,731  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 421
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Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $68.21  
   
Overtime
$6.21 - $54.11  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $10,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$52,464 - $129,731  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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 do not see a large difference in pay with career advancement. Usually, those who transition into an upper level Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role.

Computer Scientist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Scientist

For Computer Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Sri, International; in fact, typical earnings are around $135,594, the highest in the area. Adobe Systems Incorporated offers the least pay with a median salary of $104,083; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $126K.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist

Computer Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Image Processing, Matlab, Machine Learning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing C# as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Java and C 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.
New salaries start at $69K and reach $100K in five to 10 years. After one to two decades on the job, workers bring in a six-figure salary around $100K. Computer Scientists' pay declines to $100K, on average, after racking up two decades of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Seattle
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San Francisco
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New York
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Washington
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Baltimore
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National Average
$89,000
San Diego
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Charleston
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Boston
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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

Image Processing
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Matlab
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Machine Learning
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Project Management
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Software Development
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Systems Engineering
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National Average
$89,000
Web Development
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C++
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Python
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C
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C#
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Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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