Data Scientist, IT Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of IT Data Scientists have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $98,446 annually. Pay generally spreads from $62,508 to $142,118 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The vast majority of IT Data Scientists (88 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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$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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$12.50 - $90.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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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.

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Popular Skills for Data Scientist, IT

Survey takers working as IT Data Scientists report using a large range of professional skills. 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 familiar with 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.
For IT Data Scientists, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, salaries grow from $100K to $107K, topping six figures. Pay amounts to $119K after 10 to 20 years. As IT Data Scientists reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $135K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 16 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 1 percent. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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For IT Data Scientists, above-average compensation can be found in California— San Jose, Palo Alto, and Mountain View are known as the cities with the best salaries for IT Data Scientists. IT Data Scientists in Cleveland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—28 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay. Austin and Washington are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -25 percent and -17 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Data Scientist, IT Salaries

Late-Career
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$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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Data Modeling
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R
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SQL
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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%