A Computer Scientist earns an average salary of $79,492 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Image Processing, Matlab, and Python.
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$49,065 - $122,262
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$49K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,492
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$13.81 - $50.73
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$14
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,065 - $122,262  
   
Bonus
$493.16 - $10,260  
Profit Sharing
$425.74 - $20,134  
Total Pay (?
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$48,846 - $124,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 443
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $50.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$27.69 - $69.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$493.16 - $10,260  
   
Profit Sharing
$425.74 - $20,134  
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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$48,846 - $124,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,706

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Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

Image Processing
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Matlab
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JavaScript
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C++
0%

C++ Programming Language
0%

National Average
$80,000

C
up arrow 1%

C programming Language
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Java
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C#
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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