Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2004

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $102,211.59* *Based on the 2004 average.

Computer Scientist was the 153rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2004, with 1,133 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2004, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $99,188.

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.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Computer Scientist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Institute of Standards and Technology 194 $99,188.08
Federal Aviation Administration 155 $105,032.70
Patent and Trademark Office 140 $95,361.32
National Institutes of Health 113 $100,892.50
Ames Research Center 87 $123,622.84
Goddard Space Flight Center 79 $95,683.66
Geological Survey 54 $93,939.35
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 43 $95,212.74
National Science Foundation 35 $129,240.80
Internal Revenue Service 34 $108,767.29
Federal Bureau of Investigation 32 $110,005.25
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 27 $92,614.41
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 17 $94,169.82
Department of Energy 16 $107,297.06
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 13 $94,338.38
Bureau of the Census 10 $96,438.70
Langley Research Center 9 $79,105.89
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $111,268.00
Environmental Protection Agency 5 $86,784.80
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 5 $90,660.60
Forest Service 5 $77,771.80
Natural Resources Conservation Service 5 $94,654.60
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 4 $85,430.25
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 4 $87,447.75
Department of State 3 $125,226.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 3 $107,684.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 3 $117,763.33
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 3 $103,695.33
Food and Drug Administration 3 $127,268.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $90,136.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $118,673.00
Transportation Security Administration 2 $82,792.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $110,775.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $123,622.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $89,291.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 1 $86,531.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $111,775.00
Ous Management 1 $130,305.00
Financial Management Service 1 $93,732.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $142,500.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 1 $113,597.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $107,934.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $113,675.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $143,625.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $47,421.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $123,622.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $79,081.00
Agency for International Development 1 $120,280.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $110,775.00
Federal Student Aid 1 $102,253.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $102,211.59. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $181,923 in 2004.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 633
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 205
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 92
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 89
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 63
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 12
ES - Senior Executive Service 6
SL - Senior Level Positions 5
EE - Expert (other) 5
EG - Consultant (other) 4
ST - Scientific And Professional 4
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 4
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 2
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 2
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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 ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Nuclear EngineeringProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Social WorkProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Social Insurance AdministrationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
MathematicsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Computer Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Computer Scientist was $102,212. Since then, the average pay has increased to $130,658 in 2018.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1550.

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