Computer Scientist Salary

Computer Scientists in the United States pull down an average of $76K annually. Total cash compensation for Computer Scientists runs from $50K to $124K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority (84 percent) of Computer Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Scientists. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,403 - $125,892
$49K
$78K
$130K
MEDIAN: $78,101
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50%
90%

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$15.05 - $51.33
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$0$129K
Salary $49,403 - $125,892
Bonus $199 - $10,213
Profit Sharing $10.07 - $15,319
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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$48,773 - $129,080
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 792
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $15.05 - $51.33
Hourly Tips $0.91
Overtime $20.27 - $64.11
Annual Data $0$129K
Bonus $199 - $10,213
Profit Sharing $10.07 - $15,319
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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$48,773 - $129,080
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 75

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

  • 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Scientist


Computer Scientists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Sri, International, where the average salary comes to $139K.

Common Career Paths for Computer Scientist


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Many Computer Scientists move into a Senior Software Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $94K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Scientist


Survey results imply that Computer Scientists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Python, Matlab, Systems Engineering, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, C# Programming Language, and C#. Most people familiar with Java also know C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Computer Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 347 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 108 salaries. An experienced Computer Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 66 salaries. A Computer Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,835

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Computer Scientists, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Compared to the national average, Atlanta Computer Scientists have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Norfolk and Charleston (17 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Computer Scientist

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Computer Scientist Salaries

▲43%

▲31%

▲17%

National Average
$78,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Computer Scientist Salaries

▲13%


▲9%

C++
▲2%


C
▲1%

▲1%


National Average
$78,000

C++ Programming Language
▼1%

C programming Language
▼2%

▼5%


C#
▼10%


Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 11%