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Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $136,476.07* *Based on the 2020 average.

Computer Scientist was the 140th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 1,398 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $136,833.

Government Computer Science jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Computer Science job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes professional positions which primarily involve the application of, or research into, computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems. The primary requirements of the work are (a) professional competence in applying the theoretical foundations of computer science, including computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures, and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; (b) specialized knowledge of the design characteristics, limitations, and potential applications of systems having the ability to transform information, and of broad areas of applications of computing which have common structures, processes, and techniques; and (c) knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical sciences.

Agencies that have hired a Computer Scientist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Federal Aviation Administration 252 $136,833.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 197 $143,458.60
Federal Bureau of Investigation 172 $124,201.11
Ames Research Center 96 $158,323.50
National Institutes of Health 91 $154,408.33
Geological Survey 79 $101,015.08
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 63 $124,657.43
Internal Revenue Service 59 $147,426.46
Food and Drug Administration 50 $126,734.24
National Science Foundation 42 $184,438.81
Veterans Health Administration 34 $111,631.21
Patent and Trademark Office 33 $132,875.70
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 27 $128,526.15
Bureau of the Census 27 $113,965.33
Langley Research Center 19 $102,977.58
Goddard Space Flight Center 19 $147,712.68
Environmental Protection Agency 15 $113,065.67
Forest Service 13 $99,965.23
Department of Energy 10 $170,049.89
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $103,491.56
National Protection and Programs Directorate 7 $143,401.86
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 7 $106,163.86
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $96,394.40
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 5 $170,541.80
Office of Comptroller of Currency 5 $113,126.20
National Archives and Records Administration 4 $162,232.50
Office of Secretary of Transportation 4 $81,210.25
Bureau of Industry and Security 4 $158,959.75
Science and Technology Directorate 4 $152,947.25
U.S. Secret Service 3 $128,859.33
Department of State 3 $166,436.33
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 3 $125,062.67
U.S. Agency for International Development 3 $120,572.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 3 $103,677.33
Headquarters, Nasa 2 $157,707.50
Office of Justice Programs 2 $143,556.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $166,487.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $145,578.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $141,534.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $133,465.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $89,213.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $197,300.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $141,534.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $179,800.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $94,304.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $166,855.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $153,665.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $133,465.00
Departmental Offices 1 $129,404.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $63,503.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $170,800.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $170,800.00
National Technical Information Service 1 $157,709.00
Fpac Business Center 1 $149,621.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $140,146.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 1 $186,948.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $106,085.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $72,520.00
Social Security Administration 1 $123,198.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 1 $230,492.00
Small Business Administration 1 $125,360.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $133,465.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $168,950.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $136,476.07. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $264,000 in 2020.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 799
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 252
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 221
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 30
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 29
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 20
ST - Scientific And Professional 9
EE - Expert (other) 9
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 5
SL - Senior Level Positions 4
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 2
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 1
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Computer Science jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Financial Administration and ProgramAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Mining EngineeringProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
International CooperationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
ArcheologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Mathematics TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Computer Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Computer Scientist was $102,212. Since then, the average pay has increased to $136,476 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1550.

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