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Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary

Salaries for Lead IT Data Scientists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($120K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $24K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $85K, overall incomes of Lead IT Data Scientists spread between $85K and $169K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$81,735 - $158,958
MEDIAN: $119,983

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National Salary 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.
$81,735 - $158,958  
$993 - $24,468  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $84,659  
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).
$85,387 - $168,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Hadoop, Data Analysis, Data Modeling, and Machine Learning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include R. Those proficient in Machine Learning are, more often than not, also skilled 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.

Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $113K per year. For Lead IT Data Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $148K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Lead IT Data Scientists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Lead IT Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+22 percent), New York (+15 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and San Francisco (+3 percent). Lead IT Data Scientists in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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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.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 5%