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Data Scientist / Engineer Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Data Scientists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $95K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $24K, respectively — total cash payment to Data Scientists can bottom out near $60K or peak near $148K depending on individual performance. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Data Scientists is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Data Scientist / Engineer Salary (?
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$59,859 - $136,689
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95K
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MEDIAN: $95,392
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Data Scientist / Engineer Salary (?
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$16.16 - $97.87
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,859 - $136,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,197  
Profit Sharing
$459.58 - $24,468  
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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$59,924 - $147,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$16.16 - $97.87  
   
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,197  
   
Profit Sharing
$459.58 - $24,468  
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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$59,924 - $147,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Hadoop, Python, Java, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab, SQL, and Data Modeling. Most people experienced in Data Analysis also know Statistical Analysis and Hadoop.

Pay Difference By Location

Palo Alto
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New York
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San Diego
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Chicago
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National Average
$98,000
Boston
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Austin
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For Data Scientists, Palo Alto provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), New York (+7 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). Data Scientists in Austin make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Experience Affects Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

National Average
$98,000

Skills That Affect Data Scientist / Engineer Salaries

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Python
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Java
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$98,000
Statistical Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Data Modeling
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SQL
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Matlab
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%