The average Lead IT Data Scientist in the United States earns approximately $129K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Male Lead IT Data Scientists far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision insurance. Most Lead IT Data Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$91,203 - $162,760
MEDIAN: $128,588

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$91,203 - $162,760  
$2,054 - $20,426  
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$93,500 - $167,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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Popular Skills for Lead Data Scientist, IT

Survey results suggest that Lead IT Data Scientists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Data Analysis, Python, and Machine Learning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Big Data Analytics. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Statistical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Data Scientist, IT

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

Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $122K per year. For Lead IT Data Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $151K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $141K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $132,190

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Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Lead IT Data Scientists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Lead IT Data Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Mountain View (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 27 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Experience Affects Lead Data Scientist, IT Salaries

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Skills That Affect Lead Data Scientist, IT Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


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81 %

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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10-19 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 4%