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.
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
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|
|ES - Senior Executive Service||8|
|EE - Expert (other)||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|
|NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only||1|
|SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez||1|
|EG - Consultant (other)||1|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||1|
|EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only||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|
|Occupation Family:||1500 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES GROUP|
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 Program||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Mining Engineering||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|International Cooperation||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Archeology||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Operations Research||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-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.
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