Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary

Lead IT Data Scientists receive generous compensation in the United States โ€” earning an average of $124K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing โ€” peaking near $22K and $56K, respectively โ€” total cash payment to Lead IT Data Scientists can bottom out near $88K or peak near $164K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. There are far more male Lead IT Data Scientists survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$85,009 - $156,482
MEDIAN: $124,391

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$85,009 - $156,482  
$979 - $22,162  
Profit Sharing
$251.25 - $55,750  
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).
$88,300 - $163,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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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 show that Lead IT Data Scientists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Python, Statistical Analysis, and Machine Learning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Big Data Analytics and 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.

Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $120K per year. Lead IT Data Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $145K. Lead IT Data Scientists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $128,570

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Lead IT Data Scientists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Lead IT Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+17 percent), New York (+12 percent), Seattle (+3 percent), and Chicago (+1 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Lead IT Data Scientists in Atlanta earning a whopping 25 percent below 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

Data Analysis
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Machine Learning
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Big Data Analytics
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


17 %
83 %

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: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 6%