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Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary

Lead IT Data Scientists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $119K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash earnings of Lead IT Data Scientists range from $83K on the low end to $165K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $23K and $85K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Lead IT Data Scientists are male. Most Lead IT Data Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$81,029 - $152,381
MEDIAN: $118,855

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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.
$81,029 - $152,381  
$990 - $23,283  
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).
$83,142 - $165,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143

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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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Python, Data Modeling, Data Analysis, and Hadoop are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include R. The majority of those who know 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.

Annually raking in $114K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $136K. 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 $125K.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


19 %
81 %

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: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 5%