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Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $121,662.55* *Based on the 2009 average.

Computer Scientist was the 160th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 1,078 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $124,370.

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 $124,369.58
Federal Aviation Administration 189 $117,336.67
National Institutes of Health 153 $122,689.35
Ames Research Center 75 $144,124.04
Goddard Space Flight Center 64 $119,940.27
Geological Survey 61 $101,758.92
Federal Bureau of Investigation 47 $118,258.36
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 46 $104,748.13
National Science Foundation 38 $157,353.58
Internal Revenue Service 33 $129,700.67
Department of Energy 24 $132,803.08
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 23 $107,101.26
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 22 $109,776.64
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 13 $110,265.38
Environmental Protection Agency 9 $92,736.56
Bureau of the Census 7 $117,851.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 7 $124,952.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $136,609.57
Langley Research Center 6 $97,049.50
Food and Drug Administration 4 $83,046.75
Patent and Trademark Office 4 $128,559.25
Social Security Administration 4 $88,044.25
Forest Service 3 $99,501.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $82,859.67
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 3 $121,857.00
National Archives and Records Administration 3 $130,511.33
Department of State 3 $170,699.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 3 $114,081.33
Veterans Health Administration 3 $81,988.67
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 3 $133,848.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $140,399.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $133,543.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $128,996.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $139,770.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $161,114.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $85,640.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $153,200.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $149,469.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $106,145.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 1 $110,109.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $132,382.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $99,892.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 1 $133,943.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $133,543.00
Agency for International Development 1 $153,200.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $112,389.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 1 $153,200.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $105,707.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $134,486.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $121,662.55. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $212,000 in 2009.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 518
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 208
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 126
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 122
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 63
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 8
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
SL - Senior Level Positions 5
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 4
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
EE - Expert (other) 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
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 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
NF - Nnsa Future Leaders 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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