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Data Scientist / Engineer Salary

The three highest-paying cities for Data Scientists (Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto) are all in California. Overall cash earnings for Data Scientists vary widely between $59K and $143K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Data Scientists. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,309 - $134,982
(Median)
$59K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,782
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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
$59,309 - $134,982  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,829  
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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$58,773 - $143,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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 - $19,829  
   
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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$58,773 - $143,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Hadoop, Statistical Analysis, Data Analysis, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, Matlab, and SQL. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Statistical Analysis and Hadoop.

Pay Difference by Location


For Data Scientists, above-average compensation can be found in California — Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto are known as the cities with the best salaries for Data Scientists. Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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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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Statistical Analysis
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National Average
$94,000

Data Analysis
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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Java
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Data Modeling
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Python
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SQL
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Matlab
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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
10 %
Male
90 %

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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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