How much does a Computer Scientist make?

Updated Nov 30, 2021

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$106,012 /yr
Average Base Pay

1,180 salaries

$66K

Low

$106K

Average

$170K

High

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The national average salary for Computer Scientist is $106,012 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Computer Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 1180 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Computer Scientist employees.

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Adobe
4.4

Adobe

Computer Scientist

$142,690

 /yr
Range: $13K - $204K
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$13K

$204K

$13,033 - $204,354 Range

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
4.6

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Computer Scientist

$166,832

 /yr
Range: $112K - $252K

$112K

$252K

$112,088 - $252,377 Range

SRI International
3.8

SRI International

Computer Scientist

$128,612

 /yr
Range: $84K - $177K

$84K

$177K

$83,624 - $176,896 Range

US Air Force
4.1

US Air Force

Computer Scientist

$80,814

 /yr
Range: $42K - $125K

$42K

$125K

$42,060 - $125,000 Range

US Department of Defense
4

US Department of Defense

Computer Scientist

$89,897

 /yr
Range: $59K - $141K

$59K

$141K

$58,559 - $141,298 Range

Naval Surface Warfare Center
3.6

Naval Surface Warfare Center

Computer Scientist

$83,014

 /yr
Range: $66K - $122K

$66K

$122K

$66,000 - $121,638 Range

US Navy
3.8

US Navy

Computer Scientist

$83,662

 /yr
Range: $48K - $145K

$48K

$145K

$48,284 - $145,465 Range

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Naval Information Warfare Systems Command
3.6

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command

Computer Scientist

$98,029

 /yr
Range: $76K - $147K

$76K

$147K

$76,059 - $147,243 Range

NAWC
3.6

NAWC

Computer Scientist

$81,137

 /yr
Range: $55K - $107K

$55K

$107K

$55,299 - $107,126 Range

US Army
3.8

US Army

Computer Scientist

$92,807

 /yr
Range: $53K - $152K

$53K

$152K

$53,213 - $152,339 Range

University of Southern California
4.3

University of Southern California

Computer Scientist

$137,207

 /yr
Range: $117K - $161K

$117K

$161K

$117,342 - $160,870 Range

Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic
3.7

Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic

Computer Scientist

$94,745

 /yr
Range: $68K - $124K

$68K

$124K

$67,764 - $124,322 Range

Naval Air Systems Command
3.7

Naval Air Systems Command

Computer Scientist

$83,078

 /yr
Range: $70K - $120K

$70K

$120K

$70,399 - $120,430 Range

FAA
4.1

FAA

Computer Scientist

$105,298

 /yr
Range: $81K - $119K

$81K

$119K

$81,367 - $118,642 Range

Hill Air Force Base
3.7

Hill Air Force Base

Computer Scientist

$65,000

 /yr
Range: $52K - $91K

$52K

$91K

$52,451 - $91,294 Range

United States Federal Government
4.1

United States Federal Government

Computer Scientist

$87,669

 /yr
Range: $55K - $144K

$55K

$144K

$54,766 - $144,117 Range

Southwest Research Institute
4.2

Southwest Research Institute

Computer Scientist

$92,824

 /yr
Range: $76K - $160K

$76K

$160K

$75,805 - $160,042 Range

University of Chicago
4.2

University of Chicago

Computer Scientist

$120,366

 /yr
Range: $120K - $136K

$120K

$136K

$120,366 - $135,618 Range

US Naval Research Laboratory
4.1

US Naval Research Laboratory

Computer Scientist

$85,057

 /yr
Range: $68K - $115K

$68K

$115K

$67,675 - $115,260 Range

MITRE
3.7

MITRE

Computer Scientist

$140,837

 /yr
Range: $96K - $153K

$96K

$153K

$96,094 - $153,059 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Computer Scientist salaries

The national average salary for a Computer Scientist is $106,012 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Computer Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 1180 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Computer Scientist employees.

The highest salary for a Computer Scientist in United States is $170,010 per year.

The lowest salary for a Computer Scientist in United States is $66,105 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent computer scientist salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$94,555
per year
A Computer Scientist in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $94,555 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$104,000
per year
A Computer Scientist (1550) in the San Antonio, TX Area area reported making $104,000 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
San Antonio, TX Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government
$125,000
per year
A Computer Scientist in the Bakersfield, CA Area area reported making $125,000 per year
Additional Pay
$1k cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Bakersfield, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government
$70,000
per year
A Computer Scientist (1550) in the Oklahoma City, OK Area area reported making $70,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Oklahoma City, OK Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government
$20
hourly
A Computer Scientist in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $20 per hour
Job Highlights
Washington, DC Area area
Intern
 
5001 to 10000 employees
College / University
$120,000
per year
A Computational Scientist in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $120,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$105,000
per year
A Computer Scientist in the Denver, CO Area area reported making $105,000 per year
Additional Pay
$10k cash bonus
$15k stock bonus
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Denver, CO Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$106,694
per year
A Computer Scientist in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $106,694 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$15
hourly
A Computer Scientist in the Midland, TX Area area reported making $15 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Midland, TX Area area
Part-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public