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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Computer and Information Research Scientists
Industry profile for Computer and Information Research Scientists
Geographic profile for Computer and Information Research Scientists

National estimates for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,220 3.3 % $ 62.93 $ 130,890 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 34.72 $ 45.84 $ 60.97 $ 75.83 $ 93.48
Annual Wage (2) $ 72,210 $ 95,340 $ 126,830 $ 157,720 $ 194,430


Industry profile for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Computer and Information Research Scientists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 9,060 0.44 $ 53.84 $ 111,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,440 0.72 $ 68.94 $ 143,400
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,120 0.23 $ 68.90 $ 143,310
Software Publishers 2,760 0.57 $ 69.33 $ 144,210
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,440 0.05 $ 45.93 $ 95,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,440 0.72 $ 68.94 $ 143,400
Software Publishers 2,760 0.57 $ 69.33 $ 144,210
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 9,060 0.44 $ 53.84 $ 111,980
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,120 0.23 $ 68.90 $ 143,310
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 160 0.19 $ 73.82 $ 153,540

Top paying industries for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 360 0.09 $ 81.82 $ 170,180
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,160 0.08 $ 81.06 $ 168,610
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 100 0.01 $ 78.14 $ 162,530
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 160 0.19 $ 73.82 $ 153,540
Telecommunications 290 0.04 $ 72.48 $ 150,770


Geographic profile for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Computer and Information Research Scientists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,170 0.44 2.01 $ 72.52 $ 150,830
Virginia 3,430 0.93 4.27 $ 70.59 $ 146,830
Maryland 2,630 1.04 4.80 $ 62.81 $ 130,640
Washington 2,190 0.69 3.15 $ 68.76 $ 143,010
Texas 1,270 0.10 0.48 $ 60.72 $ 126,290




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 2,630 1.04 4.80 $ 62.81 $ 130,640
Rhode Island 440 1.00 4.62 $ 53.33 $ 110,930
Virginia 3,430 0.93 4.27 $ 70.59 $ 146,830
New Mexico 710 0.90 4.15 $ 60.52 $ 125,890
Washington 2,190 0.69 3.15 $ 68.76 $ 143,010




Top paying states for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,170 0.44 2.01 $ 72.52 $ 150,830
Virginia 3,430 0.93 4.27 $ 70.59 $ 146,830
Washington 2,190 0.69 3.15 $ 68.76 $ 143,010
New York 960 0.11 0.51 $ 66.44 $ 138,190
Oregon 220 0.12 0.55 $ 66.23 $ 137,760





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

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 3,470 1.15 5.28 $ 70.40 $ 146,440
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,330 1.00 4.60 $ 78.53 $ 163,330
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,950 1.00 4.59 $ 70.68 $ 147,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,610 1.46 6.70 $ 82.16 $ 170,890
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,370 0.16 0.71 $ 66.99 $ 139,340
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,290 1.00 4.60 $ 64.38 $ 133,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,090 0.19 0.86 $ 68.57 $ 142,620
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,020 0.73 3.34 $ 61.62 $ 128,170
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 580 2.23 10.27 $ 41.42 $ 86,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 540 0.15 0.69 $ 64.54 $ 134,250




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 340 7.60 34.97 $ 56.03 $ 116,550
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 100 3.24 14.91 $ 52.24 $ 108,660
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 270 2.43 11.19 $ 61.28 $ 127,470
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 580 2.23 10.27 $ 41.42 $ 86,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,610 1.46 6.70 $ 82.16 $ 170,890
Utica-Rome, NY 140 1.17 5.40 $ 52.92 $ 110,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,470 1.15 5.28 $ 70.40 $ 146,440
Huntsville, AL 250 1.09 5.02 $ 63.42 $ 131,920
Bakersfield, CA 330 1.09 5.00 $ 53.69 $ 111,670
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,290 1.00 4.60 $ 64.38 $ 133,900




Top paying metropolitan areas for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,610 1.46 6.70 $ 82.16 $ 170,890
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,330 1.00 4.60 $ 78.53 $ 163,330
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.15 0.69 $ 72.16 $ 150,090
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,950 1.00 4.59 $ 70.68 $ 147,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,470 1.15 5.28 $ 70.40 $ 146,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50 0.02 0.11 $ 70.13 $ 145,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,090 0.19 0.86 $ 68.57 $ 142,620
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 150 0.16 0.73 $ 67.30 $ 139,980
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $ 67.12 $ 139,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,370 0.16 0.71 $ 66.99 $ 139,340

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 750 15.69 72.21 $ 55.40 $ 115,230

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 750 15.69 72.21 $ 55.40 $ 115,230

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 750 15.69 72.21 $ 55.40 $ 115,230


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021