Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary

On average, Lead IT Data Scientists in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($124K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. With some bonuses approaching $22K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $84K, overall incomes of Lead IT Data Scientists spread between $88K and $163K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Lead IT Data Scientists (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$83,868 - $155,146
MEDIAN: $124,484

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$83,868 - $155,146  
$964 - $22,275  
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).
$87,736 - $163,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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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Lead IT Data Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Python, Statistical Analysis, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Big Data Analytics and R. It is often found that people who know Machine Learning are also skilled in Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $119K. For Lead IT Data Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $143K. Lead IT Data Scientists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Lead IT Data Scientists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Lead IT Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+17 percent) and New York (+12 percent). Lead IT Data Scientists in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 6%