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Computer Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Computer Scientist"

How much does a Computer Scientist in the federal government get paid? $134,235.46* *Based on the 2019 average.
1,390 EMPLOYEES
$171.02M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Computer Scientist was the 246th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 1,390 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Computer Science, with an average salary of $131,984.

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 245 $131,984.26
National Institute of Standards and Technology 203 $136,665.87
Federal Bureau of Investigation 161 $120,597.44
National Institutes of Health 154 $149,433.14
Ames Research Center 77 $158,178.61
Geological Survey 69 $97,490.23
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 61 $123,316.51
Internal Revenue Service 53 $145,392.43
National Science Foundation 51 $176,371.92
Food and Drug Administration 48 $120,376.38
Patent and Trademark Office 32 $132,057.19
Veterans Health Administration 27 $110,545.40
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 26 $127,762.62
Goddard Space Flight Center 23 $145,932.65
Bureau of the Census 22 $116,473.60
Forest Service 17 $92,346.94
Langley Research Center 14 $102,552.93
Environmental Protection Agency 12 $118,824.67
Department of Energy 9 $163,901.38
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $108,586.89
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 8 $98,028.25
National Protection and Programs Directorate 6 $141,282.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 5 $165,539.00
National Archives and Records Administration 5 $158,063.40
Science and Technology Directorate 4 $149,273.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 4 $151,982.25
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 3 $116,225.33
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 3 $101,295.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $104,472.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 3 $128,946.33
U.S. Agency for International Development 3 $120,413.67
Office of Justice Programs 3 $140,631.67
Social Security Administration 2 $123,962.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $105,782.00
Department of State 2 $161,364.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $54,658.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $136,725.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $125,005.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $175,200.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $144,538.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $151,633.00
National Technical Information Service 1 $152,352.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $132,818.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $152,352.00
Fpac Business Center 1 $140,632.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 1 $220,717.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $132,280.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $166,500.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $128,920.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $158,825.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $132,776.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $67,956.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $166,500.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $136,125.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $164,827.00

Computer Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Scientist is $134,235.46. The highest paid Computer Scientist made $220,717 in 2019.

Common Computer Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 735
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 245
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 228
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 89
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 28
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 21
EE - Expert (other) 13
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
ST - Scientific And Professional 7
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 2
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 1
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
EG - Consultant (other) 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 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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