Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary

Lead IT Data Scientists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $124K annually. In the world of Lead IT Data Scientists, overall income ranges from $88K near the bottom to $165K at the top; this can include more than $23K from bonuses and more than $84K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and experience level 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 83 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction for Lead IT Data Scientists is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$84,005 - $155,820

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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.
$84,005 - $155,820  
$10.07 - $22,806  
Profit Sharing
$2.80 - $83,869  
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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).
$87,807 - $164,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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, Data Analysis, 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 skilled in Machine Learning are similarly competent 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.

Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $118K per year. Lead IT Data Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $142K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $130K by contrast.

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 (+11 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Lead IT Data Scientists earning much less — 25 percent less — 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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 6%