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Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary (United States)

Lead IT Data Scientists in the United States can expect wages of $119K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $23K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $86K, overall incomes of Lead IT Data Scientists spread between $83K and $169K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Lead IT Data Scientists who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 84 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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.
$79,629 - $156,183
MEDIAN: $119,412
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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.
$79,629 - $156,183  
$9.79 - $22,997  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $85,920  
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).
$83,247 - $168,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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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 use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Hadoop, Machine Learning, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. For most people, competency in Machine Learning indicates knowledge of Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Data Scientist, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $112K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $126K. On average, Lead IT Data Scientists make $140K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Lead IT Data Scientists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $130K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Mountain View is home to an above-average pay rate for Lead IT Data Scientists, 21 percent higher than the national average. Lead IT Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent) and San Francisco (+4 percent).

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 6%