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Computer and Information Research Scientist Salary Information

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Computer and Information Research Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$64,950
25th Percentile Wage
$87,400
50th Percentile Wage
$111,840
75th Percentile Wage
$140,430
90th Percentile Wage
$169,680

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 $169,680. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $111,840. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,950. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 161% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of computer and information research scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016111,8401.09%8.63%
2015110,6202.04%-
2014108,3601.91%-
2013106,2903.86%-
2012102,190--

Table 2. Computer and Information Research Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of computer and information research scientists in 12 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $137,900. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $67,430).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$137,900
Manufacturing
$131,730
Information
$123,800
Wholesale Trade
$122,640
Finance and Insurance
$122,380
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$117,830
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$117,660
Retail Trade
$112,630
Federal, State, and Local Government
$105,930
Utilities
$97,320
Educational Services
$72,640
Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,430

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Computer and Information Research Scientists by States

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 $65,080 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 Wisconsin with a median annual salary of $65,080. 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
Oregon
$143,880
New York
$127,880
Washington
$126,040
New Jersey
$125,590
District of Columbia
$121,830
Connecticut
$120,860
Virginia
$119,810
California
$119,760
Minnesota
$118,780
Massachusetts
$117,450
Rhode Island
$114,900
New Mexico
$114,160
Maryland
$113,640
Arizona
$109,770
Hawaii
$106,730
North Carolina
$105,690
Pennsylvania
$102,310
Alabama
$101,060
Ohio
$100,690
Texas
$100,630
Illinois
$99,020
Michigan
$97,960
Indiana
$95,300
South Carolina
$95,200
Colorado
$94,050
Florida
$92,890
Kansas
$92,650
Missouri
$92,570
Georgia
$92,500
Tennessee
$91,520
Arkansas
$91,180
Utah
$91,090
Mississippi
$91,060
Delaware
$88,240
Alaska
$87,860
Oklahoma
$84,990
Nebraska
$80,440
Louisiana
$80,300
Wisconsin
$65,080


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