Data Scientist / Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Data Scientists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $92K per year. Final cash compensation to Data Scientists varies from around $59K to approximately $143K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $25K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,284 - $133,742

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$13.28 - $97.87

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,284 - $133,742  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,987  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $24,832  
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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$59,449 - $143,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $97.87  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $24,832  
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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$59,449 - $143,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Hadoop, Machine Learning, Statistical Analysis, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server, ETL, and Matlab. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Statistical Analysis and Hadoop.

Pay Difference by Location


California cities Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto are lucrative areas for Data Scientists, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 18 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (10 percent lower) and Los Angeles (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries



National Average
$94,000


Skills That Affect Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

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Machine Learning
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Statistical Analysis
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National Average
$94,000

Java
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Data Analysis
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Data Modeling
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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SQL
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Python
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Matlab
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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