Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary

Lead IT Data Scientists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($124K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Lead IT Data Scientists — including $24K in bonuses and $84K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $88K to $166K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (84 percent) of Lead IT Data Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of Lead IT Data Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$84,478 - $157,191
MEDIAN: $123,863

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$84,478 - $157,191  
$970 - $23,700  
Profit Sharing
$2.80 - $83,869  
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).
$88,168 - $166,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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

Survey results suggest that Lead IT Data Scientists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Python, Statistical Analysis, Data Analysis, and Machine Learning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include R. Most people familiar with Machine Learning also know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Data Scientist, IT

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

New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $118K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Lead IT Data Scientists bring in $146K after working for 10 to 20 years. Lead IT Data Scientists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $130K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Lead IT Data Scientists in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Lead IT Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+18 percent) and New York (+11 percent). Lead IT Data Scientists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Lead IT Data Scientists in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average.

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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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Data Modeling

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Job Satisfaction

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


16 %
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 5%