Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
24,210 4.2 % $54.42 $113,190 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.74 $41.28 $52.09 $64.60 $79.61
Annual Wage (2) $66,030 $85,870 $108,360 $134,380 $165,600


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) 6,530 0.33 $50.29 $104,600
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,680 0.26 $59.80 $124,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,110 0.49 $57.84 $120,320
Software Publishers 2,710 0.89 $58.41 $121,500
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,230 0.08 $46.02 $95,720

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 2,710 0.89 $58.41 $121,500
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,110 0.49 $57.84 $120,320
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,530 0.33 $50.29 $104,600
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,680 0.26 $59.80 $124,380
Other Information Services 540 0.26 $69.46 $144,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 540 0.26 $69.46 $144,470
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 280 0.18 $66.09 $137,470
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 30 0.03 $65.10 $135,410
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,680 0.26 $59.80 $124,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises 280 0.01 $59.11 $122,960


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 5,980 0.40 2.21 $59.91 $124,610
Maryland 2,730 1.07 5.95 $54.51 $113,380
Virginia 1,750 0.48 2.67 $57.73 $120,080
Texas 990 0.09 0.49 $56.43 $117,370
New Jersey 970 0.25 1.40 $58.74 $122,190




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 2,730 1.07 5.95 $54.51 $113,380
District of Columbia 550 0.82 4.57 $56.92 $118,390
Rhode Island 380 0.81 4.52 $52.53 $109,260
New Mexico 480 0.61 3.40 $42.49 $88,380
Utah 680 0.53 2.97 $42.65 $88,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 260 0.15 0.86 $64.96 $135,130
New Hampshire 280 0.44 2.46 $62.47 $129,940
Minnesota 430 0.16 0.87 $61.25 $127,390
California 5,980 0.40 2.21 $59.91 $124,610
New Jersey 970 0.25 1.40 $58.74 $122,190





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 2,050 2.11 11.77 $67.15 $139,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,730 0.73 4.06 $60.48 $125,800
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,030 0.80 4.46 $51.95 $108,050
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 900 1.59 8.87 $57.76 $120,130
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.78 4.35 $59.65 $124,070
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 760 0.58 3.23 $53.01 $110,260
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 670 0.38 2.10 $52.04 $108,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 650 0.17 0.96 $43.34 $90,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.23 1.29 $61.60 $128,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 420 0.08 0.43 (8) (8)




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)
Warner Robins, GA 170 3.07 17.16 $39.98 $83,170
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 180 2.39 13.33 $42.23 $87,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,050 2.11 11.77 $67.15 $139,670
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 260 2.01 11.20 (8) (8)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 900 1.59 8.87 $57.76 $120,130
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 260 1.27 7.09 $39.28 $81,710
Huntsville, AL 260 1.25 7.00 $51.56 $107,240
Utica-Rome, NY 130 1.04 5.79 $46.71 $97,160
Ann Arbor, MI 190 0.91 5.06 $43.36 $90,180
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 270 0.87 4.88 $41.94 $87,230




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,050 2.11 11.77 $67.15 $139,670
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 270 0.25 1.42 $64.76 $134,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.23 1.29 $61.60 $128,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,730 0.73 4.06 $60.48 $125,800
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.78 4.35 $59.65 $124,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $59.47 $123,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 200 0.07 0.38 $58.55 $121,790
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $58.42 $121,510
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.25 1.37 $58.24 $121,140
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 270 0.28 1.58 $58.19 $121,040

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 12.55 70.06 $52.23 $108,640
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 240 5.62 31.34 $52.03 $108,220
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.93 5.17 $47.23 $98,240
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 60 0.93 5.19 $49.64 $103,250

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 12.55 70.06 $52.23 $108,640
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 240 5.62 31.34 $52.03 $108,220
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 60 0.93 5.19 $49.64 $103,250
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.93 5.17 $47.23 $98,240

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 590 12.55 70.06 $52.23 $108,640
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 240 5.62 31.34 $52.03 $108,220
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 60 0.93 5.19 $49.64 $103,250
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.93 5.17 $47.23 $98,240


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015