Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $125,751.17* *Based on the 2017 average.

Computer Scientist was the 141st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 1,358 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $126,558.

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 246 $126,557.78
National Institute of Standards and Technology 203 $133,871.85
National Institutes of Health 168 $140,516.41
Federal Bureau of Investigation 155 $61,339.12
Ames Research Center 69 $158,556.45
Geological Survey 68 $95,658.96
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 56 $119,135.20
Food and Drug Administration 50 $114,789.54
National Science Foundation 49 $170,073.04
Internal Revenue Service 44 $136,867.89
Goddard Space Flight Center 27 $138,191.74
Patent and Trademark Office 25 $133,461.60
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 23 $127,892.48
Veterans Health Administration 23 $105,645.83
Bureau of the Census 21 $101,584.38
Environmental Protection Agency 15 $115,249.00
Department of Energy 12 $156,707.25
Langley Research Center 12 $93,968.75
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 8 $83,224.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $109,192.75
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 7 $91,739.14
National Protection and Programs Directorate 7 $135,361.71
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $156,628.50
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $100,637.00
Ous for Science and Technology 4 $140,843.50
National Archives and Records Administration 4 $152,813.50
Agency for International Development 4 $121,537.75
Bureau of Industry and Security 4 $145,962.25
U.S. Secret Service 3 $112,390.67
Social Security Administration 3 $110,861.67
Office of Justice Programs 3 $129,447.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $151,876.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $108,623.00
Department of State 2 $153,422.50
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $123,013.00
Forest Service 2 $84,830.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $149,337.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 1 $123,234.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $161,900.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $147,853.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $172,400.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $158,411.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $127,158.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $129,453.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $112,021.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $142,821.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $161,900.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $134,426.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $126,111.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 1 $204,229.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $110,752.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $125,751.17. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $220,000 in 2017.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 704
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 246
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 225
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 93
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 31
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 22
EE - Expert (other) 8
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
ST - Scientific And Professional 6
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 2
EG - Consultant (other) 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 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

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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