Computer Scientist Salary

The average Computer Scientist in the United States earns approximately $89K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $52K and hits $131K on the high end. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The vast majority (88 percent) of Computer Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,338 - $127,748
(Median)
$53K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,371
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$19.57 - $57.61
(Median)
$20
$32
$58
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$53,338 - $127,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,068  
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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$51,903 - $130,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 506
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $57.61  
   
Overtime
$6.30 - $50.75  
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 - $10,068  
   
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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$51,903 - $130,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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For Computer Scientists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Computer Scientists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Senior Software Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Scientist


The biggest paychecks can be found at Sri, International — the median salary there is $139K.

Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Computer Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Image Processing, Machine Learning, Software Development, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. 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 familiar with C++ also tend to know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $72K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $99K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $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
up arrow 12%


National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

Image Processing
up arrow 15%

Machine Learning
up arrow 13%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

Matlab
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National Average
$89,000

Project Management
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Web Development
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Systems Engineering
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C++
up arrow 10%

C
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Python
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up arrow 16%

C#
up arrow 22%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
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: 8%
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