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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
30,070 3.4 % $59.54 $123,850 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $33.28 $44.06 $56.91 $71.86 $88.38
Annual Wage (2) $69,230 $91,650 $118,370 $149,470 $183,820


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) 8,040 0.40 $52.37 $108,930
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,410 0.31 $63.79 $132,690
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,070 0.75 $63.27 $131,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,890 0.06 $46.59 $96,910
Software Publishers 1,560 0.40 $69.36 $144,260

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 5,070 0.75 $63.27 $131,610
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,040 0.40 $52.37 $108,930
Software Publishers 1,560 0.40 $69.36 $144,260
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,410 0.31 $63.79 $132,690
Other Information Services 570 0.19 $59.99 $124,770

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 340 0.08 $81.90 $170,350
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 140 0.03 $77.86 $161,960
Telecommunications 380 0.05 $72.02 $149,800
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 110 0.07 $69.90 $145,390
Software Publishers 1,560 0.40 $69.36 $144,260


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 7,300 0.43 2.07 $65.54 $136,310
Maryland 2,900 1.08 5.20 $57.30 $119,180
Virginia 2,740 0.71 3.44 $62.42 $129,840
Texas 1,830 0.15 0.73 $60.48 $125,800
Washington 1,480 0.45 2.18 $68.79 $143,080




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 2,900 1.08 5.20 $57.30 $119,180
New Mexico 770 0.95 4.55 $65.56 $136,370
Rhode Island 410 0.85 4.10 $52.35 $108,890
Virginia 2,740 0.71 3.44 $62.42 $129,840
District of Columbia 480 0.67 3.23 $61.49 $127,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,480 0.45 2.18 $68.79 $143,080
Alabama (8) (8) (8) $66.59 $138,510
Idaho 150 0.22 1.05 $65.95 $137,180
New Mexico 770 0.95 4.55 $65.56 $136,370
California 7,300 0.43 2.07 $65.54 $136,310





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 3,490 1.11 5.35 $62.24 $129,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,360 0.97 4.69 $67.63 $140,660
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,860 0.20 0.94 $64.53 $134,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,430 0.23 1.12 $59.97 $124,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.22 5.86 $80.77 $167,990
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,200 0.60 2.91 $73.22 $152,290
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,150 0.84 4.05 $59.77 $124,320
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,100 0.75 3.61 $58.46 $121,590
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 700 0.20 0.95 $62.87 $130,780
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 610 0.22 1.07 $56.48 $117,480




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 7.12 34.28 $55.14 $114,690
Warner Robins, GA 240 3.35 16.11 $40.12 $83,450
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 80 2.58 12.44 $50.95 $105,980
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 220 1.74 8.36 $60.26 $125,340
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 420 1.64 7.88 $40.66 $84,570
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.22 5.86 $80.77 $167,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,490 1.11 5.35 $62.24 $129,460
Utica-Rome, NY 130 1.05 5.05 $49.82 $103,630
Las Cruces, NM 70 1.03 4.93 $43.37 $90,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,360 0.97 4.69 $67.63 $140,660




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 1,360 1.22 5.86 $80.77 $167,990
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,200 0.60 2.91 $73.22 $152,290
Huntsville, AL (8) (8) (8) $71.97 $149,700
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30 0.16 0.77 $71.40 $148,510
Albuquerque, NM 310 0.81 3.92 $67.88 $141,190
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,360 0.97 4.69 $67.63 $140,660
Boulder, CO 170 0.92 4.43 $66.67 $138,670
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.18 0.86 $64.54 $134,240
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,860 0.20 0.94 $64.53 $134,210
Provo-Orem, UT 230 0.92 4.45 $63.76 $132,620

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 700 14.20 68.36 $53.80 $111,910
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 350 4.32 20.78 (8) (8)

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 700 14.20 68.36 $53.80 $111,910
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 350 4.32 20.78 (8) (8)

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 700 14.20 68.36 $53.80 $111,910


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019