Computer and Information Scientist, Research Salary
On average, Computer and Information Research Scientists in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($102K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. For the most part, Computer and Information Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Computer and Information Research Scientists (87 percent) who took the survey are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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|$51,004 - $172,697|
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Job Description for Computer and Information Scientist, Research
Computer and information research scientists are responsible for overseeing research efforts and completing information and computer-related reports on behalf of their organizations. They also help complete investigative tasks and process data to gather new information, so organization and close attention to detail are important in this position.Read More...
These research scientists generally use a personal computer to research concepts, apply them to computational models, and reach conclusions; they also create complex charts and write extensive reports based on their observations. They often work with other scientists by sharing information to complete large-scale projects in a timely manner, and may use a variety of research methods to find high-quality data based on established project parameters.
Computer/information research scientists must be familiar with various programming and scripting languages to create functional queries and be proficient with databases to research and categorize information. As part of their research duties, they also document software customization and report issues with software applications, as well as analyze and solve program errors with high efficiency and care. They must be able to multitask on a variety of projects and report their progress to the information manager in their department. They also help design innovative solutions which save costs, research new technologies to be implemented, and complete research administrative work in a fast-paced environment with strict deadlines.
A bachelor's degree in a field relating to computer science is generally required for this position, and prior work experience in a research capacity is highly beneficial. Information, research, and technology certifications are also helpful.
Computer and Information Scientist, Research Tasks
- Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors.
- Solve or develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
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Pay by Experience Level for Computer and Information Scientist, Research
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $86K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $108K. For Computer and Information Research Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $122K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $165K.
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