Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary

Lead IT Data Scientists in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $124K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Lead IT Data Scientists approaches anywhere from $88K on the lower end to $166K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $24K from bonuses and upwards of $84K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Lead IT Data Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. There are far more male Lead IT Data Scientists survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$83,744 - $155,881
MEDIAN: $123,725

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$83,744 - $155,881  
$993 - $24,468  
Profit Sharing
$2.80 - $83,869  
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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).
$87,778 - $165,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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Job Description for Lead Data Scientist, IT

  • 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 Lead Data Scientist, IT

Lead IT Data Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Python, Statistical Analysis, Machine Learning, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like R. Most people skilled in Machine Learning are similarly competent in Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Data Scientist, IT

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

Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $118K per year. Lead IT Data Scientists bring in $148K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $130K.

Pay Difference by Location

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Lead IT Data Scientists, 18 percent higher than the national average. Lead IT Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+18 percent) and New York (+12 percent). Lead IT Data Scientists in Atlanta make 30 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in 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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


16 %
84 %

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 5%