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Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $118,951.07* *Based on the 2008 average.

Computer Scientist was the 163rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 988 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $120,809.

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 190 $120,808.97
Federal Aviation Administration 164 $114,072.94
National Institutes of Health 136 $117,658.26
Ames Research Center 76 $138,796.70
Goddard Space Flight Center 72 $114,247.22
Geological Survey 48 $102,598.60
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 38 $102,809.39
Federal Bureau of Investigation 35 $119,781.20
National Science Foundation 34 $153,942.79
Internal Revenue Service 27 $126,110.37
Department of Energy 24 $126,529.71
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 23 $108,404.17
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 21 $106,631.71
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 15 $103,548.53
Bureau of the Census 7 $112,555.29
Environmental Protection Agency 7 $105,051.57
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $129,050.71
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 6 $121,533.00
Patent and Trademark Office 4 $122,126.75
Langley Research Center 4 $101,493.50
Veterans Health Administration 4 $80,440.75
Citizenship and Immigration Services 3 $148,023.67
Forest Service 3 $95,084.67
Department of State 3 $152,218.00
National Archives and Records Administration 3 $124,005.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $78,652.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 3 $137,794.67
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 3 $117,511.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $121,187.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $105,088.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $135,763.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $126,099.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $132,912.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $129,786.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $131,557.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $120,907.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $149,000.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 1 $149,000.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $112,389.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $161,592.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $127,442.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $96,190.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $102,323.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $143,449.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $149,280.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 1 $128,192.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $127,590.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $98,033.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $118,951.07. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $208,750 in 2008.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 476
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 205
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 108
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 100
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 56
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 8
SL - Senior Level Positions 7
ES - Senior Executive Service 7
EE - Expert (other) 4
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 2
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 2
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 1
NF - Nnsa Future Leaders 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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
Operations ResearchProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Computer Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Computer Scientist was $102,212. Since then, the average pay has increased to $134,235 in 2019.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1550.

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