Data Scientists in the United States take home an average $90K per year. With some bonuses approaching $22K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $30K, overall incomes of Data Scientists spread between $58K and $137K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Data Scientists who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Most Data Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,391 - $130,353
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MEDIAN: $90,491
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,391 - $130,353  
   
Bonus
$979 - $21,646  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $29,590  
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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$57,817 - $136,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $59.60  
   
Overtime
$23.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$979 - $21,646  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $29,590  
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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$57,817 - $136,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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Job Description for Data Scientist / Engineer

The terms "data scientist" and "data engineer" are sometimes used interchangeably and involve similar skill sets. However, the roles of data scientists and data engineers are appreciably different.

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Data Scientist / Engineer Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Data Scientist / Engineer


Data Scientists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Apache Spark, Scala, Hadoop, and Data Mining / Data Warehouse are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server and Data Modeling. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Statistical Analysis and Hadoop.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Scientist / Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Data Scientists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $86K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $108K. Data Scientists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $120K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $150K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,965

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Data Scientists, busy Mountain View offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), Palo Alto (+26 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Data Scientists is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Washington and Atlanta (22 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$91,000


Skills That Affect Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

Apache Spark
up arrow 19%

Scala
up arrow 10%


up arrow 8%


Python
up arrow 3%

Machine Learning
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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SQL
0%

National Average
$91,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Apache Hadoop
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 1%

R
up arrow 2%

Data Modeling
up arrow 4%

Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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