Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Computer Scientist make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$115,802 / yrTotal Pay
$94,592 / yrBase Pay
$21,210 / yrAdditional Pay

$115,802

 / yr
$68K$199K
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Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Computer Scientist is $115,802 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $94,592 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $21,210 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Related Job Titles

For Computer Scientist

Some related job titles are Computational Chemistry Salaries with median pay of $97,089, Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer Salaries with median pay of $109,679, Research Scientist Salaries with median pay of $125,632, Research Scientist, Computational Chemistry Salaries with median pay of $98,949.

Top Paying Companies

For a Computer Scientist in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Computer Scientist in United States. Employers include Google, Adobe and Apple.

1
Google
Google
$291,875/yr
2
Adobe
$263,918/yr
3
Apple
$249,058/yr
4
Meta
$247,866/yr
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$263,918

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Top Paying Industries

For a Computer Scientist in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Computer Scientist in United States are Information Technology with a median total pay of $222,831, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $194,211, Financial Services with a median total pay of $169,648, Manufacturing with a median total pay of $161,826, and Telecommunications with a median total pay of $161,354.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$222,831

    41% Higher than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$194,211

    32% Higher than other industries

  • Financial ServicesFinancial Services$169,648

    22% Higher than other industries

  • ManufacturingManufacturing$161,826

    18% Higher than other industries

  • TelecommunicationsTelecommunications$161,354

    18% Higher than other industries

Information Technology

Top paying companies in Information Technology for Computer Scientist are Google, Adobe, and Apple.

GoogleGoogle$291,875/yr
AdobeAdobe$263,918/yr
AppleApple$249,058/yr

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What is the pay outlook for Research & Science?

Research and science jobs offer pay well above the national average. Increased demand for STEM workers is increasing salaries in research and science. Jobs in these fields, however, often require higher education at the graduate level and/or specialized training. While domain-specific expertise gives workers in these fields access to very specialized jobs, there are also many employers who hire STEM workers for their general data and technology skills.

A Computer scientist salary range in US can vary based on important factors such as education, skills, certifications, and years of experience. A Computer scientist in US can expect to see an entry level salary range of $62,893 to $183,608 per year, based on 2,176 salary contributions. At the highest seniority level, an experienced Computer scientist in US can make a salary range of $96,503 to $203,199 with at least 5 years of experience, based on 8 salary contributions. The top 3 companies in US where a Computer scientist gets the highest compensation are Orbital Insight Inc, SMA, Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.. Bigger companies typically pay 28.1% more than smaller companies for a Computer scientist.

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Total Years of Experience

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Date or Time

Computer Scientist

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$126,500

/yr

$125K | $2K

Submitted Yesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Computer Scientist (1550)

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$135,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Computer Scientist

United States of America

 | <1 year

$100,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

<1 year
Yesterday
Computational Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$60,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Computer Scientist

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$76,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Computer Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$49

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Computer Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$35

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Computer Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$66,250

/yr

$65K | $1K

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Computational Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$22

/hr

Submitted 2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago

Computer Scientist pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Computer Scientist is $94,592 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Computer Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 1646 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Computer Scientist employees.

The highest salary for a Computer Scientist in United States is $160,406 per year.

The lowest salary for a Computer Scientist in United States is $55,781 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Computer Scientist or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Computer Scientist.