Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
24,380 4.4 % $52.53 $109,260 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.47 $40.00 $51.10 $62.38 $76.34
Annual Wage (2) $61,300 $83,210 $106,290 $129,750 $158,800


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) 6,530 0.33 $49.51 $102,980
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,490 0.27 $56.25 $116,990
Software Publishers 2,860 0.99 $57.03 $118,620
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,660 0.42 $55.77 $116,000
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,550 0.09 $44.28 $92,110

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 2,860 0.99 $57.03 $118,620
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,660 0.42 $55.77 $116,000
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,530 0.33 $49.51 $102,980
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,490 0.27 $56.25 $116,990
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 360 0.23 $57.64 $119,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services (8) (8) $66.07 $137,420
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 80 0.01 $60.06 $124,930
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 330 0.12 $57.97 $120,570
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 360 0.23 $57.64 $119,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises 280 0.01 $57.47 $119,530


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 6,800 0.46 2.51 $55.66 $115,770
Maryland 3,040 1.20 6.52 $50.44 $104,910
Virginia 1,900 0.52 2.84 $56.60 $117,730
Washington 1,070 0.38 2.06 $63.57 $132,230
Texas 1,060 0.10 0.53 $51.89 $107,940




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 3,040 1.20 6.52 $50.44 $104,910
Rhode Island 370 0.80 4.37 $51.59 $107,310
Virginia 1,900 0.52 2.84 $56.60 $117,730
Utah 610 0.49 2.69 $40.21 $83,630
District of Columbia 310 0.47 2.57 $54.69 $113,760




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $64.25 $133,640
Washington 1,070 0.38 2.06 $63.57 $132,230
Minnesota 380 0.14 0.78 $60.25 $125,320
Virginia 1,900 0.52 2.84 $56.60 $117,730
Illinois 390 0.07 0.37 $56.36 $117,220





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,880 2.02 10.97 $63.99 $133,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.64 3.49 $61.27 $127,430
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,330 1.04 5.65 $47.46 $98,710
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.07 5.81 $56.61 $117,750
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.84 10.01 $51.82 $107,780
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 990 0.77 4.18 $44.40 $92,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 770 0.53 2.88 (8) (8)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.47 2.54 $56.15 $116,790
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 640 0.36 1.98 $57.44 $119,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 450 0.19 1.05 $48.50 $100,880




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)
Warner Robins, GA 160 2.78 15.11 $39.58 $82,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,880 2.02 10.97 $63.99 $133,090
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.84 10.01 $51.82 $107,780
Huntsville, AL 270 1.28 6.95 $50.39 $104,810
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.07 5.81 $56.61 $117,750
Utica-Rome, NY 130 1.06 5.79 $45.55 $94,740
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,330 1.04 5.65 $47.46 $98,710
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 270 0.91 4.94 $40.68 $84,620
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 60 0.78 4.23 $43.13 $89,720
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 990 0.77 4.18 $44.40 $92,350




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $64.59 $134,340
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,880 2.02 10.97 $63.99 $133,090
Albuquerque, NM (8) (8) (8) $61.62 $128,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.64 3.49 $61.27 $127,430
Pittsburgh, PA 60 0.06 0.31 $60.97 $126,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 370 0.21 1.13 $60.09 $124,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.26 1.42 $59.55 $123,860
Ann Arbor, MI (8) (8) (8) $59.48 $123,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $57.96 $120,570
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 190 0.22 1.19 $57.74 $120,090

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 620 13.09 71.17 $51.07 $106,230
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 240 5.55 30.18 $52.83 $109,890
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 1.37 7.44 $48.23 $100,310

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 620 13.09 71.17 $51.07 $106,230
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 240 5.55 30.18 $52.83 $109,890
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 1.37 7.44 $48.23 $100,310

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 240 5.55 30.18 $52.83 $109,890
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 620 13.09 71.17 $51.07 $106,230
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 1.37 7.44 $48.23 $100,310


About May 2013 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 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014