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Data Scientist / Engineer Salary (United States)

Slightly less than two-thirds of Data Scientists report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $96K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for Data Scientists stretch from $60K on the lower end to $148K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Data Scientist / Engineer Salary (?
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$60,077 - $137,730
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $95,728
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Data Scientist / Engineer Salary (?
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$16.11 - $98.63
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,077 - $137,730  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,065  
Profit Sharing
$456.15 - $24,658  
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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$60,441 - $147,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $98.63  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,065  
   
Profit Sharing
$456.15 - $24,658  
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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$60,441 - $147,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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
  • 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 / Engineer

Survey results show that Data Scientists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Hadoop, Python, Java, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 9 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab, SQL, and Data Mining / Data Warehouse. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Statistical Analysis and Hadoop.

Pay Difference By Location

Palo Alto
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New York
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Boston
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National Average
$98,000
Chicago
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For Data Scientists, working in the bustling city of Palo Alto has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent) and Seattle (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

National Average
$98,000

Skills That Affect Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

up arrow 11%
Python
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Java
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National Average
$98,000
Data Analysis
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Statistical Analysis
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Data Modeling
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SQL
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Matlab
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%