Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
24,880 4.5 % $49.84 $103,670 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.51 $38.11 $49.13 $59.12 $73.03
Annual Wage (2) $57,220 $79,260 $102,190 $122,960 $151,900


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,440 0.32 $49.25 $102,440
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,700 0.29 $50.60 $105,250
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,050 0.48 $53.37 $111,000
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,770 0.10 $43.40 $90,260
Software Publishers 2,230 0.79 $55.29 $115,010

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 2,230 0.79 $55.29 $115,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,050 0.48 $53.37 $111,000
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,440 0.32 $49.25 $102,440
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 500 0.32 $49.72 $103,410
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,700 0.29 $50.60 $105,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 90 0.01 $59.20 $123,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises 220 0.01 $59.11 $122,950
Communications Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $58.18 $121,010
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) $56.07 $116,630
Software Publishers 2,230 0.79 $55.29 $115,010


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 6,460 0.45 2.37 $54.35 $113,050
Maryland 3,430 1.36 7.15 $50.15 $104,310
Virginia 1,800 0.50 2.62 $56.04 $116,560
Texas 1,630 0.15 0.81 $39.24 $81,610
New York 990 0.12 0.61 $41.12 $85,540




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)
Maryland 3,430 1.36 7.15 $50.15 $104,310
Rhode Island 370 0.81 4.26 $50.86 $105,790
District of Columbia 340 0.52 2.73 $55.19 $114,800
Virginia 1,800 0.50 2.62 $56.04 $116,560
Utah 550 0.46 2.39 $38.97 $81,060




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $62.77 $130,560
Virginia 1,800 0.50 2.62 $56.04 $116,560
District of Columbia 340 0.52 2.73 $55.19 $114,800
New Jersey 730 0.19 1.01 $54.73 $113,830
California 6,460 0.45 2.37 $54.35 $113,050





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,860 2.08 10.87 $58.63 $121,950
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,520 1.21 6.31 $47.85 $99,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.63 3.28 $60.17 $125,160
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,280 2.28 11.92 $51.69 $107,520
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 930 0.74 3.87 $45.26 $94,150
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 790 0.46 2.41 $51.99 $108,140
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.78 4.09 $57.02 $118,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 550 0.26 1.37 $32.93 $68,500
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 450 0.09 0.45 $39.67 $82,520
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 430 0.53 2.77 $50.45 $104,940




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,280 2.28 11.92 $51.69 $107,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,860 2.08 10.87 $58.63 $121,950
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 210 1.52 7.96 $53.41 $111,090
Huntsville, AL 270 1.32 6.91 $50.98 $106,040
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,520 1.21 6.31 $47.85 $99,530
Utica-Rome, NY 130 1.04 5.42 $46.23 $96,160
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 270 0.98 5.13 $47.56 $98,920
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 190 0.97 5.09 $38.94 $81,000
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 250 0.87 4.54 $39.50 $82,170
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.78 4.09 $57.02 $118,590




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.29 1.54 $63.64 $132,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $63.36 $131,790
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 60 0.30 1.59 $62.75 $130,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.63 3.28 $60.17 $125,160
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $59.95 $124,700
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,860 2.08 10.87 $58.63 $121,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $57.51 $119,620
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.78 4.09 $57.02 $118,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $56.53 $117,580
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 340 0.61 3.18 $55.06 $114,520

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 610 12.84 67.23 $50.57 $105,190
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 220 5.05 26.46 $52.25 $108,680
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 1.36 7.15 $47.14 $98,040

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 610 12.84 67.23 $50.57 $105,190
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 220 5.05 26.46 $52.25 $108,680
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 1.36 7.15 $47.14 $98,040

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 220 5.05 26.46 $52.25 $108,680
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 610 12.84 67.23 $50.57 $105,190
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 1.36 7.15 $47.14 $98,040


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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