Average Computer Scientist Salary

$78,906
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$3,052
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$4,000
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The average salary for a Computer Scientist is $78,906.
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$51k
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$79k
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$131k
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What Do Computer Scientists Do?

Computer Scientist Tasks
  • Generate research ideas and solutions to complex computer science problems.
  • Writes articles for publication.
  • Plan, coordinate and execute research objectives.
  • Perform research support on problems of diverse scope and execute research projects.

Job Satisfaction for Computer Scientist

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The top respondents for the job title Computer Scientist are from the companies Adobe Systems Incorporated, U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Reported salaries are highest at Adobe Systems Incorporated where the average pay is $134,913. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include U.S. Navy and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), earning around $101,000 and $100,000, respectively. Spawar pays the lowest at around $68,831. Air Force Research Laboratory and U.S. Army also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $70,302 and $74,819, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Computer Scientists?

Skills in Software Development and Python are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include JavaScript, Java and C++ Programming Language.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientists?

An entry-level Computer Scientist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $64,913 based on 161 salaries. An early career Computer Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,565 based on 329 salaries. A mid-career Computer Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,432 based on 127 salaries. An experienced Computer Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,761 based on 86 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $116,800.
Employees with Computer Scientist in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 73.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (31.7% more) and New York, New York (13.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dayton, Ohio (2.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 762 survey responses.
Entry Level
21.1%
Early Career
43.2%
Mid Career
16.7%
Experienced
11.3%
Late Career
7.7%