Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

15-1111 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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
24,900 3.0 % $49.59 $103,150 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.71 $36.98 $48.39 $60.19 $73.61
Annual Wage (2) $57,630 $76,920 $100,660 $125,200 $153,120


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,490 0.45 $48.63 $101,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,080 0.30 $49.07 $102,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,500 0.57 $52.06 $108,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,920 0.07 $41.28 $85,860
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,560 0.12 $51.26 $106,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 1,470 0.58 $57.67 $119,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,500 0.57 $52.06 $108,270
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 6,490 0.45 $48.63 $101,150
Other Information Services 570 0.41 $59.02 $122,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,080 0.30 $49.07 $102,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 570 0.41 $59.02 $122,770
Software Publishers 1,470 0.58 $57.67 $119,950
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) $56.69 $117,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,500 0.57 $52.06 $108,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 0.01 $51.70 $107,530


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,440 0.32 1.62 $59.55 $123,860
Virginia 3,360 0.95 4.86 $49.41 $102,770
Maryland 2,100 0.85 4.35 $52.67 $109,540
Texas 1,660 0.17 0.84 $42.61 $88,630
Massachusetts 1,480 0.48 2.43 $54.80 $113,980




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 3,360 0.95 4.86 $49.41 $102,770
Maryland 2,100 0.85 4.35 $52.67 $109,540
Rhode Island 360 0.81 4.14 $50.35 $104,730
Massachusetts 1,480 0.48 2.43 $54.80 $113,980
District of Columbia 280 0.44 2.23 $57.03 $118,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 100 0.04 0.20 $61.04 $126,970
California 4,440 0.32 1.62 $59.55 $123,860
District of Columbia 280 0.44 2.23 $57.03 $118,610
Massachusetts 1,480 0.48 2.43 $54.80 $113,980
New Hampshire 60 0.10 0.53 $54.25 $112,840

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,730 1.19 6.09 $53.32 $110,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,430 1.67 8.52 $66.95 $139,260
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,230 0.74 3.80 $55.29 $114,990
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 990 1.79 9.12 $51.75 $107,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 730 0.59 3.02 $52.85 $109,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.73 3.71 $58.23 $121,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.18 0.90 $58.24 $121,140
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 580 0.43 2.18 $56.54 $117,610
Austin-Round Rock, TX 550 0.73 3.72 $51.27 $106,630
Baltimore-Towson, MD 520 0.42 2.14 $49.18 $102,300




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Huntsville, AL 510 2.52 12.88 $49.71 $103,410
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 990 1.79 9.12 $51.75 $107,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,430 1.67 8.52 $66.95 $139,260
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 130 1.28 6.56 $37.50 $78,000
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 170 1.28 6.52 $53.99 $112,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,730 1.19 6.09 $53.32 $110,900
Boulder, CO 160 1.08 5.53 $52.65 $109,520
Bakersfield, CA 270 1.08 5.52 $47.05 $97,870
Utica-Rome, NY 110 0.89 4.55 $43.82 $91,150
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,230 0.74 3.80 $55.29 $114,990




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $72.20 $150,170
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,430 1.67 8.52 $66.95 $139,260
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 1.03 $62.36 $129,720
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 60 0.07 0.36 $61.72 $128,380
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $61.54 $128,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.18 0.90 $58.24 $121,140
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.73 3.71 $58.23 $121,120
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 580 0.43 2.18 $56.54 $117,610
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.25 $56.14 $116,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,230 0.74 3.80 $55.29 $114,990

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 590 12.52 63.89 $49.82 $103,630
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 250 5.97 30.48 $51.56 $107,250
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 1.19 6.07 $39.72 $82,620

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 590 12.52 63.89 $49.82 $103,630
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 250 5.97 30.48 $51.56 $107,250
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 1.19 6.07 $39.72 $82,620

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 250 5.97 30.48 $51.56 $107,250
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 590 12.52 63.89 $49.82 $103,630
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 1.19 6.07 $39.72 $82,620


About May 2010 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 mean 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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