Computer and information research scientists

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2019 Workforce
34.7k
Average Age
39.3
Average Salary
$110,903
Average Male Salary
$113,455
Average Female Salary
$105,618

About

Computer and information research scientists are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Computer and information research scientists was $110,903 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Computer and information research scientists by wage are Other financial specialists, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, and Chemical engineers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Computer and information research scientists are Queen Anne & Magnolia PUMA, WA and Cambridge City PUMA, MA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Computer and information research scientists are Queen Anne & Magnolia PUMA, WA and Cambridge City PUMA, MA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Computer and information research scientists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Computer and information research scientists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Computer and information research scientists, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Computer and information research scientists are paid most in Redmond, Kirkland Cities, Inglewood & Finn Hill PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Queen Anne & Magnolia PUMA, WA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$110,903
AVERAGE SALARY
± $12,930

In 2019, Computer and information research scientists earned an average of $110,903, $55,379 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Other financial specialists make somewhat more than Computer and information research scientists while Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Computer and information research scientists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.392
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Computer and information research scientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.392, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Computer and information research scientists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Computer and information research scientists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Computer and information research scientists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Computer and information research scientists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Computer and information research scientists, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, National security & international affairs, and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Computer and information research scientists, by average wage, are Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, and Scientific research & development services.

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Industries by Share

34.7k
2019 Workforce
± 4,575
12.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 17%

The number of people employed as Computer and information research scientists has been growing at a rate of 12.9%, from 30,756 people in 2018 to 34,732 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Computer and information research scientists employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Computer and information research scientists at  27.1%, followed by National security & international affairs with 8.9% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 8.53%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Computer and information research scientists in the US. The average age of male Computer and information research scientists in the workforce is 39.2 and of female Computer and information research scientists is 39.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Computer and information research scientists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

23.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,757
11.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,611

67.4% of Computer and information research scientists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Computer and information research scientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Computer and information research scientists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

65.6% of Computer and information research scientists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 30.1% of Computer and information research scientists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Computer and information research scientists.

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Age by Gender

39.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.21
39.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.78

The median age of Computer and information research scientists is 39.3, and Male employees are generally 0.247 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Computer and information research scientists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Computer and information research scientists is Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services but a relatively high number of Computer and information research scientists hold a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Majors

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