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Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $125,398.16* *Based on the 2016 average.

Computer Scientist was the 146th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 1,306 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $126,665.

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
Federal Aviation Administration 228 $126,665.28
National Institute of Standards and Technology 205 $132,671.02
National Institutes of Health 166 $137,240.68
Federal Bureau of Investigation 143 $100,552.02
Geological Survey 66 $95,675.59
Ames Research Center 62 $156,561.84
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 58 $115,247.05
National Science Foundation 51 $166,792.04
Food and Drug Administration 48 $108,619.29
Internal Revenue Service 44 $131,566.61
Goddard Space Flight Center 30 $137,312.07
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 22 $127,070.36
Bureau of the Census 21 $88,489.24
Veterans Health Administration 19 $97,340.37
Patent and Trademark Office 15 $133,333.20
Department of Energy 15 $154,556.67
Environmental Protection Agency 14 $112,334.86
Langley Research Center 11 $91,546.55
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $106,774.22
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $94,692.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $150,114.14
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $97,756.00
Science and Technology Directorate 5 $140,478.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 5 $129,214.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 4 $140,796.75
U.S. Agency for International Development 4 $112,989.25
Social Security Administration 4 $106,179.75
National Archives and Records Administration 4 $147,303.25
Office of Justice Programs 3 $123,406.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 3 $71,311.33
Forest Service 2 $81,317.50
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $173,950.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $118,775.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $147,628.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $106,071.50
Federal Trade Commission 1 $122,076.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 1 $192,734.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $127,036.00
Department of State 1 $140,892.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $134,652.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $160,300.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $119,794.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $119,744.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $81,580.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $145,162.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $139,457.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $160,300.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $144,132.00
Citizenship and Immigration Services 1 $126,245.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $159,035.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $150,199.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $125,398.16. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $220,000 in 2016.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 667
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 228
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 223
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 97
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 30
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 21
EE - Expert (other) 12
ES - Senior Executive Service 9
ST - Scientific And Professional 7
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 2
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Computer Scientist was $102,212. Since then, the average pay has increased to $136,476 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1550.

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