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Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $110,054.30* *Based on the 2006 average.

Computer Scientist was the 153rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 1,068 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $105,255.

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 201 $105,255.23
Federal Aviation Administration 144 $112,946.44
National Institutes of Health 118 $108,597.06
Patent and Trademark Office 111 $105,132.33
Goddard Space Flight Center 81 $106,052.09
Ames Research Center 65 $136,442.92
Geological Survey 44 $99,987.57
Federal Bureau of Investigation 39 $112,762.26
National Science Foundation 37 $138,025.68
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 36 $100,699.25
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 30 $96,828.63
Internal Revenue Service 28 $119,595.54
Department of Energy 18 $114,860.56
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 18 $100,074.72
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 12 $102,289.17
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 8 $98,274.75
Bureau of the Census 8 $111,438.25
Environmental Protection Agency 7 $94,986.43
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $120,668.00
Langley Research Center 5 $89,806.80
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 4 $95,538.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 4 $95,523.00
Food and Drug Administration 4 $105,466.50
Forest Service 3 $88,295.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 3 $126,823.33
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $111,211.00
Department of State 2 $142,590.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $127,374.50
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 2 $119,892.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $135,136.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 2 $108,927.00
Agency for International Development 2 $136,190.50
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 2 $112,690.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $121,856.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $97,976.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $118,828.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $120,123.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $55,846.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $84,422.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 1 $118,828.00
Financial Management Service 1 $104,359.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $139,774.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 1 $125,439.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $120,864.00
U.S. Coast Guard 1 $125,439.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $101,513.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 1 $95,398.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $88,802.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $110,054.30. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $195,600 in 2006.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 582
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 214
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 92
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 81
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 52
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 10
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
SL - Senior Level Positions 6
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 5
EE - Expert (other) 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 3
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 2
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 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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