Median pay for Data Scientists in the United States is around $90K annually. Total cash compensation for Data Scientists runs from $59K to $135K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $22K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. There are far more male Data Scientists survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,670 - $129,627
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MEDIAN: $89,578
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$14.39 - $77.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,670 - $129,627  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $21,951  
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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$58,629 - $135,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $77.57  
   
Overtime
$23.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,007 - $21,951  
   
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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$58,629 - $135,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 9 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, Data Modeling, and Apache Hadoop. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Data Scientists. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $86K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $108K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $120K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $155K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,369

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

Home to some of the best pay for Data Scientists, Mountain View offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Data Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+36 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Palo Alto (+27 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Data Scientists in Dallas earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Washington and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Data Scientist / Engineer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
057
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

Apache Spark
up arrow 19%

Scala
up arrow 11%

up arrow 9%



up arrow 3%

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Machine Learning
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$90,000


Java
up arrow 3%

R
up arrow 3%

Data Modeling
up arrow 5%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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