Data Scientist / Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Data Scientists in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $92K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Data Scientists can bottom out near $59K or peak near $144K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$59,041 - $135,662
(Median)
$59K
$92K
$140K
MEDIAN: $91,889
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50%
90%

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$13.18 - $98.63
(Median)
$13
$29
$99
MEDIAN: $29.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,041 - $135,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,988  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $25,168  
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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$59,210 - $144,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $98.63  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,988  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $25,168  
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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$59,210 - $144,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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 imply that Data Scientists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Learning, Hadoop, Statistical Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. 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 familiar with Data Analysis also know Statistical Analysis and Hadoop.

Pay Difference by Location


There's tons of opportunity for Data Scientists in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto all offer salaries above the national rate. In Atlanta, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Los Angeles (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries



National Average
$95,000


Skills That Affect Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

Machine Learning
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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
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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
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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