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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

15-1221 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)
30,780 3.6 % $61.28 $127,460 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $33.65 $44.85 $59.06 $74.05 $91.24
Annual Wage (2) $69,990 $93,290 $122,840 $154,020 $189,780


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) 8,390 0.42 $52.00 $108,160
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,190 0.28 $66.08 $137,450
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,290 0.75 $65.13 $135,470
Software Publishers 2,560 0.59 $66.73 $138,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,500 0.05 $46.95 $97,660

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,290 0.75 $65.13 $135,470
Software Publishers 2,560 0.59 $66.73 $138,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,390 0.42 $52.00 $108,160
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,190 0.28 $66.08 $137,450
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 620 0.18 $55.70 $115,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 330 0.08 $83.08 $172,810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,020 0.07 $82.96 $172,550
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 110 0.14 $71.83 $149,410
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 80 0.01 $71.36 $148,430
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 490 0.07 $71.05 $147,780


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 7,370 0.42 2.02 $67.32 $140,020
Virginia 3,180 0.82 3.92 $68.94 $143,390
Maryland 2,790 1.03 4.93 $58.61 $121,910
Washington 1,970 0.59 2.83 $65.81 $136,890
Texas 1,520 0.12 0.58 $62.00 $128,970




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 2,790 1.03 4.93 $58.61 $121,910
Rhode Island 440 0.90 4.31 $52.09 $108,350
New Mexico 730 0.89 4.23 $62.48 $129,950
Virginia 3,180 0.82 3.92 $68.94 $143,390
District of Columbia 470 0.64 3.07 $62.66 $130,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 3,180 0.82 3.92 $68.94 $143,390
California 7,370 0.42 2.02 $67.32 $140,020
Idaho 230 0.32 1.51 $66.41 $138,120
New York 1,390 0.15 0.70 $66.26 $137,810
Washington 1,970 0.59 2.83 $65.81 $136,890





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 3,590 1.13 5.38 $66.74 $138,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,580 1.04 4.98 $68.34 $142,150
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,800 0.19 0.89 $65.96 $137,190
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,750 0.87 4.14 $67.25 $139,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,660 1.45 6.93 $82.29 $171,160
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,200 0.87 4.17 $61.11 $127,110
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,100 0.73 3.50 $58.53 $121,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 970 0.16 0.74 $62.89 $130,810
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 740 0.20 0.96 $64.84 $134,870
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 490 1.85 8.81 $40.22 $83,650




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 330 6.94 33.13 $54.04 $112,390
Warner Robins, GA 260 3.54 16.88 $39.97 $83,130
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 250 1.88 8.99 $58.52 $121,730
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 490 1.85 8.81 $40.22 $83,650
Huntsville, AL 410 1.78 8.48 (8) (8)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,660 1.45 6.93 $82.29 $171,160
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 270 1.18 5.64 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,590 1.13 5.38 $66.74 $138,810
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 110 1.08 5.16 (8) (8)
Utica-Rome, NY 130 1.04 4.94 $50.96 $106,000




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 1,660 1.45 6.93 $82.29 $171,160
Boulder, CO 140 0.74 3.54 $71.10 $147,890
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 90 0.04 0.19 $70.57 $146,790
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 180 0.15 0.70 $69.23 $144,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,580 1.04 4.98 $68.34 $142,150
Boise City, ID 30 0.10 0.49 $67.65 $140,700
Albuquerque, NM 320 0.82 3.91 $67.61 $140,620
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,750 0.87 4.14 $67.25 $139,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,590 1.13 5.38 $66.74 $138,810
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,800 0.19 0.89 $65.96 $137,190

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 710 14.33 68.40 $53.35 $110,970

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 710 14.33 68.40 $53.35 $110,970

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 710 14.33 68.40 $53.35 $110,970


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020