How Much Do IT Research Scientists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Computer Research Scientists

Computer 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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$130890 per year
Hourly wage
$63 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$72,210 to $95,340 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$35 to $46 per hour

Entry-level Computer and Information Research Scientists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $72,210 to $95,340 per year or $35 to $46 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Computer and Information Research Scientists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $93 $194,430
Senior (Top 25%) $76 $157,720
Middle (Mid 50%) $61 $126,830
Junior (Bottom 25%) $46 $95,340
No experience (Bottom 10%) $35 $72,210

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $73 $150,830
VA $71 $146,830
WA $69 $143,010
NY $66 $138,190
OR $66 $137,760
MN $64 $133,340
NJ $63 $131,070
MD $63 $130,640
NH $62 $129,180
DC $61 $127,830

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Computer and Information Research Scientist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid IT Research Scientists are in the states of CA, VA, WA, NY and OR.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $170180 $81.82
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $168610 $81.06
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $162530 $78.14
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $153540 $73.82
Telecommunications $150770 $72.48
Software Publishers $144210 $69.33
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $143930 $69.20
Scientific Research and Development Services $143400 $68.94
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $143310 $68.90
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $138290 $66.49
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $138180 $66.43
Other Information Services $137860 $66.28
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $136710 $65.72
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $136020 $65.39
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $135220 $65.01
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $132140 $63.53
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $131950 $63.44
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $125910 $60.54
Management of Companies and Enterprises $124050 $59.64
Insurance Carriers $123260 $59.26
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $122690 $58.98
Employment Services $122580 $58.93
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $119980 $57.68
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $118090 $56.78
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $112460 $54.07
Federal Executive Branch $111980 $53.84
Local Government $111780 $53.74
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $111210 $53.47
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $102800 $49.42
Outpatient Care Centers $98440 $47.33

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