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Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $130,658.25* *Based on the 2018 average.

Computer Scientist was the 141st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 1,361 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $126,574.

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 $126,573.68
National Institute of Standards and Technology 204 $135,377.88
National Institutes of Health 168 $140,516.41
Federal Bureau of Investigation 155 $128,526.43
Ames Research Center 70 $158,552.96
Geological Survey 66 $96,763.85
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 56 $119,189.20
Food and Drug Administration 50 $114,101.48
National Science Foundation 49 $169,540.73
Internal Revenue Service 44 $136,867.89
Goddard Space Flight Center 28 $139,038.46
Patent and Trademark Office 25 $136,130.72
Veterans Health Administration 23 $105,659.57
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 23 $127,892.48
Bureau of the Census 21 $102,447.38
Environmental Protection Agency 15 $115,911.07
Langley Research Center 13 $92,731.77
Department of Energy 12 $155,321.27
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $109,192.75
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 8 $83,794.38
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 7 $91,739.14
National Protection and Programs Directorate 7 $135,361.71
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $101,113.67
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $156,628.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 4 $145,962.25
U.S. Agency for International Development 4 $121,537.75
Science and Technology Directorate 4 $141,941.50
National Archives and Records Administration 4 $152,813.50
Social Security Administration 3 $111,914.67
U.S. Secret Service 3 $114,390.67
Office of Justice Programs 3 $129,447.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $151,876.00
Forest Service 2 $84,830.50
Department of State 2 $153,422.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $110,172.50
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $123,013.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 1 $204,229.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $161,900.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $147,853.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $158,411.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $172,400.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $134,426.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $129,453.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $95,900.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $142,821.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $111,288.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $123,234.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $149,337.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $126,111.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $161,900.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $112,021.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $130,892.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $130,658.25. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $220,000 in 2018.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 705
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 246
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 226
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 93
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 30
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 22
EE - Expert (other) 9
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
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
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

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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