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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

15-1221 Computer and Information Research Scientists

Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.


National estimates for Computer and Information Research Scientists
Industry profile for Computer and Information Research Scientists
Geographic profile for Computer and Information Research Scientists

National estimates for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,840 3.8 % $ 68.58 $ 142,650 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 35.68 $ 47.66 $ 63.22 $ 78.98 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 74,210 $ 99,140 $ 131,490 $ 164,280 (5)


Industry profile for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Computer and Information Research Scientists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 9,530 0.45 $ 53.80 $ 111,910
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,500 0.29 $ 85.66 $ 178,180
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,440 0.68 $ 72.57 $ 150,950
Software Publishers 2,010 0.38 $ 76.13 $ 158,360
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,290 0.04 $ 43.68 $ 90,860

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,440 0.68 $ 72.57 $ 150,950
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 9,530 0.45 $ 53.80 $ 111,910
Software Publishers 2,010 0.38 $ 76.13 $ 158,360
Other Information Services 1,100 0.30 $ 90.70 $ 188,660
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,500 0.29 $ 85.66 $ 178,180

Top paying industries for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 1,100 0.30 $ 90.70 $ 188,660
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,500 0.29 $ 85.66 $ 178,180
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 60 0.01 $ 82.13 $ 170,830
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 510 0.14 $ 81.56 $ 169,640
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $ 78.41 $ 163,090


Geographic profile for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Computer and Information Research Scientists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of computer and information research scientists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,140 0.49 2.25 (8) (8)
Virginia 2,510 0.67 3.05 $ 62.35 $ 129,680
Washington 2,360 0.74 3.36 $ 65.75 $ 136,770
Maryland 2,220 0.87 3.98 $ 62.11 $ 129,200
Texas 2,000 0.16 0.75 $ 70.28 $ 146,180


Map of location quotient of computer and information research scientists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 800 1.02 4.68 $ 60.09 $ 124,980
Rhode Island 430 0.95 4.33 $ 53.97 $ 112,250
Maryland 2,220 0.87 3.98 $ 62.11 $ 129,200
Washington 2,360 0.74 3.36 $ 65.75 $ 136,770
Virginia 2,510 0.67 3.05 $ 62.35 $ 129,680


Map of annual mean wages of computer and information research scientists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 560 0.31 1.41 $ 80.02 $ 166,450
Arizona 250 0.09 0.39 $ 71.20 $ 148,090
Texas 2,000 0.16 0.75 $ 70.28 $ 146,180
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $ 67.06 $ 139,490
Washington 2,360 0.74 3.36 $ 65.75 $ 136,770



Map of employment of computer and information research scientists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,410 1.08 4.92 $ 100.91 $ 209,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,290 2.14 9.77 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,250 0.77 3.51 $ 65.52 $ 136,290
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,030 1.06 4.84 $ 68.30 $ 142,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,230 0.14 0.65 $ 66.91 $ 139,170
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 980 0.70 3.21 $ 66.63 $ 138,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 980 0.17 0.78 $ 69.58 $ 144,720
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 930 0.74 3.37 $ 62.51 $ 130,010
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 610 2.28 10.42 $ 41.91 $ 87,170
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 560 0.16 0.71 $ 72.91 $ 151,650


Map of location quotient of computer and information research scientists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 360 7.65 34.96 $ 55.74 $ 115,940
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 610 2.28 10.42 $ 41.91 $ 87,170
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 260 2.28 10.40 $ 61.95 $ 128,860
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,290 2.14 9.77 (8) (8)
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 240 2.10 9.59 $ 50.95 $ 105,970
Utica-Rome, NY 150 1.33 6.07 $ 53.60 $ 111,480
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 380 1.12 5.13 $ 50.92 $ 105,910
Bakersfield, CA 340 1.10 5.02 $ 54.22 $ 112,780
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,410 1.08 4.92 $ 100.91 $ 209,890
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,030 1.06 4.84 $ 68.30 $ 142,070


Map of annual mean wages of computer and information research scientists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,410 1.08 4.92 $ 100.91 $ 209,890
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 97.13 $ 202,020
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.29 1.33 $ 88.34 $ 183,750
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 150 0.15 0.68 $ 85.69 $ 178,230
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 500 0.44 2.02 $ 81.34 $ 169,180
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 560 0.16 0.71 $ 72.91 $ 151,650
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 200 0.13 0.59 $ 71.73 $ 149,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 370 0.13 0.58 $ 69.90 $ 145,380
Austin-Round Rock, TX 350 0.32 1.47 $ 69.82 $ 145,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 980 0.17 0.78 $ 69.58 $ 144,720

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 780 16.17 73.88 $ 55.91 $ 116,280
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.88 8.60 $ 50.31 $ 104,640

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 780 16.17 73.88 $ 55.91 $ 116,280
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.88 8.60 $ 50.31 $ 104,640

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Computer and Information Research Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 780 16.17 73.88 $ 55.91 $ 116,280
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.88 8.60 $ 50.31 $ 104,640


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022