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Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2007

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $113,677.22* *Based on the 2007 average.

Computer Scientist was the 160th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2007, with 983 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $110,287.

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
National Institute of Standards and Technology 198 $110,286.71
Federal Aviation Administration 160 $111,779.70
National Institutes of Health 125 $113,676.62
Goddard Space Flight Center 75 $109,698.25
Ames Research Center 73 $135,343.63
Geological Survey 44 $100,352.23
Federal Bureau of Investigation 44 $110,918.86
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 36 $98,273.14
National Science Foundation 34 $144,570.79
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 28 $102,986.93
Internal Revenue Service 25 $126,113.88
Department of Energy 21 $122,731.43
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 18 $104,909.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 13 $100,170.31
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $124,101.43
Bureau of the Census 7 $113,735.14
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 6 $113,919.50
Environmental Protection Agency 6 $98,427.17
Langley Research Center 5 $92,632.80
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $115,087.40
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 4 $102,254.00
Department of State 3 $146,025.67
Food and Drug Administration 3 $103,212.00
Veterans Health Administration 3 $79,738.00
Forest Service 3 $90,705.33
Citizenship and Immigration Services 3 $142,245.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 3 $132,129.67
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 3 $142,962.67
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $131,717.50
Transportation Security Administration 2 $120,224.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $114,149.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $117,544.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $127,201.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $114,141.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $100,573.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 2 $76,130.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $124,986.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $121,967.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 1 $123,467.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $123,438.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $90,182.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $97,926.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $112,389.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $123,797.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $143,471.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 1 $139,793.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $143,471.00
Financial Management Service 1 $106,713.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $113,677.22. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $200,721 in 2007.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 479
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 211
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 110
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 85
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 49
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 9
SL - Senior Level Positions 8
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
EE - Expert (other) 4
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 3
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 2
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 2
EG - Consultant (other) 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / 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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Computer Scientist was $102,212. Since then, the average pay has increased to $139,070 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 1550.

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