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Data Scientist, IT Salary (United States)

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of IT Data Scientists are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $97K annually. Final cash compensation to IT Data Scientists varies from around $63K to approximately $142K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $15K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by men, 88 percent of IT Data Scientists are male. Most IT Data Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Data Scientist, IT Salary (?
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$63,192 - $128,197
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MEDIAN: $96,579
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Data Scientist, IT Salary (?
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$12.50 - $90.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$63,192 - $128,197  
   
Bonus
$1,980 - $20,493  
Profit Sharing
$443.85 - $15,383  
Total Pay (?
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$62,508 - $142,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 606
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$1,980 - $20,493  
   
Profit Sharing
$443.85 - $15,383  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$62,508 - $142,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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Job Description for Data Scientist, IT

IT data scientists are responsible for mining complex data and providing systems-related advice for their organization. They design new ways to incorporate vast information with a focus on information technology topics. They work with teams of other IT professionals to manage statistical data and create different models based on the needs of their company. They possess advanced analytical skills, in addition to their exceptional oral and written communication abilities. They process research information for easier consumption and transform it into actionable plans. They also provide value to their businesses through their findings and thoughtful insights.
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Data Scientist, IT Tasks
  • Perform and interpret data studies and product experiments concerning new data sources or new uses for existing data sources.
  • Develop prototypes, proof of concepts, algorithms, predictive models, and custom analysis.
  • Design and build new data set processes for modeling, data mining, and production purposes.
  • Determine new ways to improve data and search quality, and predictive capabilities.

Data Scientist, IT Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Data Scientist, IT

IT Data Scientists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Machine Learning, Hadoop, and Big Data Analytics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 9 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing SAS as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. SQL and R also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Data Analysis also know Machine Learning and Data Mining / Data Warehouse.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Scientist, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
IT Data Scientists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $95K on average, the five-to-ten year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $107K. After working for 10 to 20 years, IT Data Scientists make a median salary of $119K. After two decades in the workforce, the average IT Data Scientist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $135K. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise around one in six, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than two percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$98,000
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IT Data Scientists in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Mountain View — the highest-paid cities for IT Data Scientists in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with IT Data Scientists in Cleveland earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Washington (25 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

Data Scientist, IT Reviews

What is it like working as a Data Scientist, IT?
Data Scientist, IT in Minneapolis:
"Start-Up Work at Established Company."
Pros: I am challenged nearly everyday to do something different or extend my abilities. I have a fantastic driven boss that gets me interesting projects and shields me from mundane/difficult tasks and people. The company I work for is undergoing a data revolution and I am apart of the vanguard of this area.
Cons: I had to live in a desolate and backwards area when I started. I began under a different role in the company but was transitioned to a more important role without much consultation as to what I was gaining from the move. I am underpaid for the work I am doing and the responsibilities that I bear.

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Experience Affects Data Scientist, IT Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$98,000

Skills That Affect Data Scientist, IT Salaries

Java
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Big Data Analytics
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Statistical Analysis
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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Data Analysis
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Python
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National Average
$98,000
Data Modeling
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R
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SQL
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SAS
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%