Data Scientist, IT Salary (United States)

About three-quarters 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 $98,446 per year. Pay begins at $62,508 on the low end and climbs to $142,118 per year near the top. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $63,192 on the lower end to $128,197 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $15,383 from profit sharing. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; nearly all claim both medical and dental insurance and most get vision coverage. In a profession dominated by men, 88 percent of IT Data Scientists are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Data Scientist, IT Salary (?
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$63,192 - $128,197
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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
Salary
$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  
PayScale
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
Bonus
$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  
PayScale
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

IT Data Scientists seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.
In most cases, IT Data Scientists can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Compensation exceeds six figures—$107K—after five to 10 years, a solid increase from typical starting salaries of $100K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $119K. 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 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 employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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$98,000
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Relative to IT Data Scientists in the rest of the country, IT Data Scientists in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Mountain View see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with IT Data Scientists in Cleveland earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Washington earn less than others in this profession; their -25 percent and -17 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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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 Analysis
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Python
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$98,000
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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