Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
26,580 4.1 % $55.92 $116,320 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.23 $42.02 $53.77 $67.52 $81.58
Annual Wage (2) $64,950 $87,400 $111,840 $140,430 $169,680


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) 7,270 0.36 $50.95 $105,980
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,450 0.28 $57.38 $119,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,810 0.72 $61.15 $127,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,720 0.06 $38.26 $79,580
Software Publishers 1,640 0.48 $63.65 $132,390

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 4,810 0.72 $61.15 $127,200
Software Publishers 1,640 0.48 $63.65 $132,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,270 0.36 $50.95 $105,980
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,450 0.28 $57.38 $119,350
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 250 0.15 $66.71 $138,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities (8) (8) $82.22 $171,010
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 220 0.06 $69.01 $143,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $67.69 $140,800
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 250 0.15 $66.71 $138,750
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 670 0.11 $64.70 $134,570


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 4,950 0.31 1.64 $60.39 $125,620
Virginia 2,550 0.68 3.59 $60.96 $126,800
Maryland 2,490 0.94 4.99 $54.38 $113,110
Texas 1,810 0.15 0.82 $47.52 $98,830
New Jersey 1,530 0.39 2.04 $60.52 $125,880




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)
New Mexico 890 1.10 5.83 $54.79 $113,950
Maryland 2,490 0.94 4.99 $54.38 $113,110
Rhode Island 430 0.91 4.79 $52.31 $108,810
District of Columbia 640 0.91 4.80 $59.37 $123,490
Virginia 2,550 0.68 3.59 $60.96 $126,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 250 0.14 0.74 $74.14 $154,220
New York 920 0.10 0.53 $70.26 $146,150
Washington (8) (8) (8) $64.40 $133,950
New Hampshire 170 0.26 1.40 $61.67 $128,280
Virginia 2,550 0.68 3.59 $60.96 $126,800





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 2,730 1.09 5.78 $61.45 $127,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,090 1.04 5.51 $70.83 $147,330
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 950 0.14 0.76 $71.09 $147,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 950 0.22 1.18 $58.56 $121,810
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 930 0.52 2.73 $60.59 $126,040
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 870 0.62 3.29 $55.81 $116,090
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 860 0.64 3.38 $56.19 $116,870
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 680 1.16 6.15 $56.58 $117,690
Austin-Round Rock, TX 680 0.70 3.70 $48.31 $100,480
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 590 0.16 0.86 $45.29 $94,210




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 280 6.38 33.71 $52.56 $109,330
Warner Robins, GA 210 3.00 15.85 $39.52 $82,200
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 220 1.75 9.27 $56.87 $118,290
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 370 1.51 7.98 $38.82 $80,750
Albuquerque, NM 480 1.26 6.65 $49.00 $101,910
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 160 1.21 6.39 $62.01 $128,980
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 680 1.16 6.15 $56.58 $117,690
Las Cruces, NM 80 1.13 5.96 $42.99 $89,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,730 1.09 5.78 $61.45 $127,810
Utica-Rome, NY 130 1.06 5.60 $47.26 $98,300




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 0.23 1.21 $77.02 $160,190
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 250 0.22 1.16 $75.56 $157,160
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $74.30 $154,550
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 950 0.14 0.76 $71.09 $147,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,090 1.04 5.51 $70.83 $147,330
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.38 2.01 $68.21 $141,870
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.29 1.51 $63.82 $132,740
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 160 1.21 6.39 $62.01 $128,980
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 170 0.14 0.76 $61.85 $128,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,730 1.09 5.78 $61.45 $127,810

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 620 12.49 65.98 $53.43 $111,140
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 300 20.07 106.03 (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 300 20.07 106.03 (8) (8)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 620 12.49 65.98 $53.43 $111,140

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 620 12.49 65.98 $53.43 $111,140


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017