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Data Scientist / Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Data Scientists earn an average of $92K annually. Overall cash earnings of Data Scientists stretch from $60K near the bottom to $143K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Data Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,975 - $134,764
(Median)
$60K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,939
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$14.50 - $82.50
(Median)
$14
$26
$82
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,975 - $134,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,915  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $20,729  
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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$59,548 - $143,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $82.50  
   
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,915  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $20,729  
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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$59,548 - $143,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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


Data Scientists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Hadoop, Statistical Analysis, Data Analysis, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft SQL Server as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Matlab and SQL also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Data Analysis also know Statistical Analysis and Hadoop.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Data Scientists in Palo Alto receive some of the highest pay in the country. Data Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), New York (+8 percent), and San Diego (+3 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (10 percent less) and Los Angeles (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries



National Average
$95,000


Skills That Affect Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

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Statistical Analysis
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National Average
$95,000

Data Analysis
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Java
up arrow 3%

Data Mining / Data Warehouse
up arrow 4%

Data Modeling
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SQL
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Python
up arrow 7%

Matlab
up arrow 9%

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
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%