The salary statistics of computer and information research scientists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of computer and information research scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The computer and information research scientists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$65,540|
|25th Percentile Wage||$88,760|
|50th Percentile Wage||$114,520|
|75th Percentile Wage||$145,630|
|90th Percentile Wage||$176,780|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer and information research scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) computer and information research scientists is $176,780. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $114,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,540. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 169% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of computer and information research scientists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of computer and information research scientists in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for computer and information research scientists occupations is the wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $137,320. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $67,430).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
From the above tables we note that not only computer and information research scientists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of computer and information research scientists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $54,640 to $143,880. The highest paying state for computer and information research scientists is Oregon with a median annual salary of $143,880. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $54,640. For more salary information of computer and information research scientists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
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|District of Columbia|| |
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|New York|| |
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|Puerto Rico|| |