Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

15-1111 Computer and Information Research Scientists

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


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
25,510 3.9 % $55.57 $115,580 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.91 $41.62 $53.18 $67.07 $82.02
Annual Wage (2) $64,300 $86,570 $110,620 $139,510 $170,610


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,870 0.35 $50.52 $105,090
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,600 0.30 $55.89 $116,250
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,980 0.62 $61.41 $127,730
Software Publishers 2,220 0.68 $60.78 $126,430
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,990 0.07 $43.99 $91,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 2,220 0.68 $60.78 $126,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,980 0.62 $61.41 $127,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,870 0.35 $50.52 $105,090
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,600 0.30 $55.89 $116,250
Other Information Services 530 0.23 $81.99 $170,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 530 0.23 $81.99 $170,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 280 0.01 $65.86 $136,990
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 160 0.10 $65.57 $136,380
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 530 0.09 $62.85 $130,730
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,980 0.62 $61.41 $127,730


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,280 0.34 1.84 $62.25 $129,470
Maryland 2,530 0.97 5.27 $53.94 $112,200
Virginia 2,430 0.66 3.57 $60.30 $125,420
Texas 1,690 0.15 0.79 $44.41 $92,360
New Jersey 1,300 0.33 1.80 $59.23 $123,200



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 2,530 0.97 5.27 $53.94 $112,200
District of Columbia 600 0.89 4.84 $58.60 $121,880
Rhode Island 400 0.86 4.63 $52.43 $109,050
Virginia 2,430 0.66 3.57 $60.30 $125,420
New Mexico 480 0.61 3.28 $43.43 $90,320



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 410 0.24 1.28 $68.90 $143,310
Washington 1,050 0.35 1.90 $65.63 $136,520
New Hampshire 180 0.28 1.51 $63.97 $133,060
California 5,280 0.34 1.84 $62.25 $129,470
Virginia 2,430 0.66 3.57 $60.30 $125,420




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,490 1.03 5.58 $61.71 $128,350
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,810 1.79 9.68 $74.12 $154,160
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 970 0.55 2.97 $59.10 $122,920
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 870 0.66 3.58 $55.26 $114,950
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.85 4.60 $61.09 $127,060
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 800 1.40 7.56 $54.09 $112,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 770 0.50 2.73 $71.56 $148,850
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 770 0.57 3.09 $53.11 $110,460
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 660 0.10 0.55 $71.91 $149,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 610 0.25 1.33 $46.99 $97,740



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 260 5.96 32.22 $51.74 $107,610
Warner Robins, GA 190 2.79 15.09 $39.67 $82,520
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 190 1.86 10.06 $42.83 $89,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,810 1.79 9.68 $74.12 $154,160
Las Cruces, NM 110 1.56 8.45 $42.86 $89,160
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 200 1.56 8.45 $56.10 $116,690
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 800 1.40 7.56 $54.09 $112,500
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 290 1.26 6.82 $38.78 $80,660
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 150 1.18 6.36 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,490 1.03 5.58 $61.71 $128,350



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,810 1.79 9.68 $74.12 $154,160
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 660 0.10 0.55 $71.91 $149,570
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 770 0.50 2.73 $71.56 $148,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 410 0.38 2.03 $70.10 $145,800
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.08 0.42 $68.76 $143,020
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30 0.16 0.84 $65.75 $136,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,490 1.03 5.58 $61.71 $128,350
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 0.52 $61.66 $128,250
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.27 1.46 $61.65 $128,230
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.85 4.60 $61.09 $127,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 600 12.30 66.53 $52.37 $108,940

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 600 12.30 66.53 $52.37 $108,940

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 600 12.30 66.53 $52.37 $108,940


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

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Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016