Average Early-Career Computer Scientist Salary

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The average salary for an Early-Career Computer Scientist is $71,479.
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$50k - $117k
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$49k - $122k

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Job Description for Computer Scientist

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

The top respondents for the job title Computer Scientist are from the companies Adobe Systems Incorporated, The MITRE Corporation and U.S. Navy. Reported salaries are highest at Adobe Systems Incorporated where the average pay is $118,531. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The MITRE Corporation, earning around $89,104. Science Systems and Applications, Inc. pays the lowest at around $55,981. U.S. Navy also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $67,150.

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Popular Skills for Computer Scientist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Scientist

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 $62,421 based on 185 salaries. A mid-career Computer Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $95,348 based on 133 salaries. An experienced Computer Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $102,356 based on 98 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $118,380.
Employees with Computer Scientist in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 70.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (43.5% more) and New York, New York (23.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Huntsville, Alabama (11.4% less).

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