The average Computer and Information Research Scientist in the United States earns approximately $100K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Computer and Information Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Computer and Information Research Scientists survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,064 - $154,373
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $100,318
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,064 - $154,373  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,639  
Profit Sharing
$9,759  
Total Pay (?
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$50,352 - $163,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$29.72  
   
Overtime
$72.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,639  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,759  
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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$50,352 - $163,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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.

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Computer and Information Scientist, Research

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


For many Computer and Information Research Scientists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $82K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $106K. Computer and Information Research Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $135K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $138K.

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Experience Affects Computer and Information Scientist, Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Computer and Information Scientist, Research Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 16%

UNIX
up arrow 6%

C
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 1%

National Average
$99,000

Data Mining / Data Warehouse
up arrow 9%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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