Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
27,920 3.4 % $57.49 $119,570 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.51 $42.67 $55.06 $70.02 $84.99
Annual Wage (2) $65,540 $88,760 $114,520 $145,630 $176,780


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) 7,630 0.38 $51.88 $107,910
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,000 0.30 $58.03 $120,700
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,640 0.72 $61.41 $127,730
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,850 0.06 $42.75 $88,920
Software Publishers 1,610 0.44 $66.33 $137,970

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 4,640 0.72 $61.41 $127,730
Software Publishers 1,610 0.44 $66.33 $137,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,630 0.38 $51.88 $107,910
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,000 0.30 $58.03 $120,700
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 930 0.15 $70.41 $146,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $80.67 $167,800
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities (8) (8) $80.03 $166,460
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 210 0.05 $74.68 $155,330
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 930 0.15 $70.41 $146,440
Telecommunications 240 0.03 $66.65 $138,640


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 5,750 0.34 1.76 $61.80 $128,530
Virginia 2,670 0.70 3.60 $62.00 $128,950
Maryland 2,660 1.00 5.10 $52.74 $109,700
Texas 2,170 0.18 0.93 $50.87 $105,800
Washington 1,340 0.42 2.15 $65.02 $135,240




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 2,660 1.00 5.10 $52.74 $109,700
New Mexico 750 0.94 4.79 $63.56 $132,210
Rhode Island 410 0.86 4.39 $52.83 $109,880
Virginia 2,670 0.70 3.60 $62.00 $128,950
District of Columbia 450 0.64 3.26 $63.45 $131,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,200 0.13 0.67 $65.64 $136,540
Washington 1,340 0.42 2.15 $65.02 $135,240
New Mexico 750 0.94 4.79 $63.56 $132,210
District of Columbia 450 0.64 3.26 $63.45 $131,980
Massachusetts 990 0.28 1.43 $63.28 $131,620



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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 2,610 1.04 5.29 $62.96 $130,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,260 1.16 5.93 $76.05 $158,170
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.19 0.96 $65.50 $136,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.65 3.31 $69.48 $144,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.23 1.20 $60.42 $125,660
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.89 4.54 $62.31 $129,600
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 940 0.65 3.34 $56.97 $118,500
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 900 0.66 3.39 $54.86 $114,110
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 850 1.46 7.44 $52.32 $108,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 770 0.31 1.58 $45.20 $94,010


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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 310 6.79 34.68 $54.37 $113,080
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 80 2.52 12.86 $50.67 $105,390
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 240 1.92 9.79 $57.06 $118,680
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 390 1.56 7.98 $39.96 $83,130
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 850 1.46 7.44 $52.32 $108,820
Panama City, FL 110 1.35 6.88 $51.60 $107,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,260 1.16 5.93 $76.05 $158,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,610 1.04 5.29 $62.96 $130,970
Las Cruces, NM 70 1.01 5.14 $42.68 $88,770
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 90 1.01 5.17 $43.39 $90,250


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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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 50 0.22 1.13 $76.63 $159,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,260 1.16 5.93 $76.05 $158,170
Huntsville, AL (8) (8) (8) $69.51 $144,580
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.65 3.31 $69.48 $144,530
Boulder, CO 140 0.78 3.98 $67.14 $139,650
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 710 0.39 1.98 $65.75 $136,760
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.19 0.96 $65.50 $136,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,610 1.04 5.29 $62.96 $130,970
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.89 4.54 $62.31 $129,600
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $62.13 $129,220

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 650 13.09 66.83 $54.00 $112,320
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 330 20.55 104.94 (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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 330 20.55 104.94 (8) (8)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 650 13.09 66.83 $54.00 $112,320

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 650 13.09 66.83 $54.00 $112,320


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018