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. Overall cash earnings for Lead IT Data Scientists stretch from $88K on the lower end to $164K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $22K from bonuses and $56K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Male Lead IT Data Scientists far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Lead IT Data Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$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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Popular Skills for Lead Data Scientist, IT

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Python, Statistical Analysis, and Machine Learning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Big Data Analytics and R. Those proficient in Machine Learning are, more often than not, also skilled 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.

Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $120K. For Lead IT Data Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $145K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $128,570

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Lead IT Data Scientists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Lead IT Data Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+17 percent), New York (+12 percent), Seattle (+3 percent), and Chicago (+1 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 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%