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Computer and Information Scientist, Research Salary

Computer and Information Research Scientists in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $103K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall cash earnings for Computer and Information Research Scientists stretch from $65K on the lower end to $154K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $13K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Male Computer and Information Research Scientists far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Computer and Information Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$66,560 - $148,534
MEDIAN: $102,788

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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.
$66,560 - $148,534  
$10.21 - $13,401  
Profit Sharing
$896 - $10,033  
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).
$65,274 - $153,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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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.


Computer and Information Scientist, Research Tasks

  • Solve or develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
  • Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors.

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Computer and Information Research Scientists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Learning, UNIX, C, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Mining / Data Warehouse, Data Analysis, and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer and Information Scientist, Research

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

Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $94K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $104K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $134K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Computer and Information Research Scientists report making only $128K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer and Information Scientist, Research Salaries

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Skills That Affect Computer and Information Scientist, Research Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.


12 %
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%