Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

15-1011 Computer and Information Scientists, Research

Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Solve or develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
26,130 2.8 % $50.66 $105,370 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.56 $37.80 $48.83 $61.35 $74.72
Annual Wage (2) $61,480 $78,620 $101,570 $127,600 $155,420


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,800 $51.07 $106,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,640 $48.13 $100,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,890 $49.31 $102,560
Software Publishers 2,740 $56.71 $117,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,650 $50.65 $105,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Information Services (8) $64.54 $134,230
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 440 $64.46 $134,070
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 240 $63.42 $131,910
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing (8) $57.88 $120,400
Software Publishers 2,740 $56.71 $117,960


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Virginia 3,580 $47.63 $99,070 0.997
Rhode Island 340 $49.84 $103,660 0.731
Maryland 1,730 $52.22 $108,610 0.692
Washington 1,660 $54.26 $112,850 0.596
District of Columbia 330 $53.41 $111,100 0.525

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wisconsin 90 $59.29 $123,320 0.034
California 4,500 $58.96 $122,650 0.310
Massachusetts 1,500 $58.31 $121,280 0.475
Texas 1,480 $55.23 $114,870 0.144
New Hampshire 110 $54.59 $113,560 0.175


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Huntsville, AL 520 $48.90 $101,710 2.526
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 140 $38.25 $79,560 2.199
Warner Robins, GA 120 (8) (8) 2.052
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,490 $64.68 $134,530 1.674
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 150 $36.93 $76,820 1.473

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Provo-Orem, UT (8) $67.35 $140,080 (8)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,490 $64.68 $134,530 1.674
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 650 $64.07 $133,260 0.165
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) $63.03 $131,110 (8)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 $61.86 $128,680 0.096


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010