Data Scientist / Engineer Salary

For Data Scientists, the fattest paychecks can be found in the Golden State; the three highest-paying cities in the field are Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $29K, overall incomes of Data Scientists spread between $60K and $142K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of Data Scientists (89 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Data Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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
$29
$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 report using 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft SQL Server, ETL, and Data Warehouse. Skill sets containing Data Mining / Data Warehouse also tend to include Hadoop and Statistical Analysis. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Statistical Analysis and Hadoop.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $87K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $108K. Data Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $121K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,687

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Data Scientists in Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Data Scientists. Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Los Angeles (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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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