Data Scientist / Engineer Salary

The three highest-paying cities for Data Scientists can all be found in California: Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. Total incomes of Data Scientists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $29K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $60K and $142K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Data Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (89 percent) of Data Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$60,167 - $131,686
(Median)
$60K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,613
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$14.09 - $89.40
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$14
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$89
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,167 - $131,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,809  
Profit Sharing
$463.69 - $29,154  
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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$60,408 - $141,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 522
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $89.40  
   
Overtime
$37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,809  
   
Profit Sharing
$463.69 - $29,154  
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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$60,408 - $141,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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 seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Apache Spark, Apache Hive, and Hadoop are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft SQL Server, ETL, and Data Warehouse. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Statistical Analysis and Hadoop. Most people who know Data Mining / Data Warehouse also know Hadoop and Statistical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Scientist / Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Data Scientists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $87K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $108K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Data Scientists make a median salary of $121K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,687

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Data Scientists in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Data Scientists in Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto are the best-paid American cities for Data Scientists, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (10 percent lower) and Los Angeles (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$94,000


Skills That Affect Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

Apache Spark
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Apache Hive
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Statistical Analysis
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Python
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Java
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
0%

National Average
$94,000

Data Modeling
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Data Analysis
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SQL
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Machine Learning
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Matlab
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Data Warehouse
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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 41 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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