Average Computer Scientist with Software Development Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Computer Scientist with Software Development skills is $81,371.
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$54k - $124k
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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, U.S. Navy and Department of Navy. Reported salaries are highest at Adobe Systems Incorporated where the average pay is $128,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include U.S. Navy, earning around $96,835. Department of Navy pays the lowest at around $83,167. U.S. Air Force (USAF) also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $84,964.

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Popular Skills for Computer Scientist

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

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 $66,521 based on 54 salaries. An early career Computer Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,568 based on 136 salaries. A mid-career Computer Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,549 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Computer Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $103,326 based on 44 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $115,409.
Employees with Computer Scientist in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 75.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (40.7% more) and San Diego, California (24.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dahlgren, Virginia (11.5% less) and Washington, District of Columbia (0.8% less).

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