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Lead Data Scientist, IT Salary

Compensation for Lead IT Data Scientists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($119K). Overall cash earnings for Lead IT Data Scientists stretch from $85K on the lower end to $165K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $25K from bonuses and $85K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Lead IT Data Scientists are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$81,322 - $152,129
MEDIAN: $119,270

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$81,322 - $152,129  
$990 - $24,658  
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).
$84,617 - $165,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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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 Hadoop, Data Modeling, Data Analysis, and Machine Learning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 $112K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. For Lead IT Data Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $142K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Mountain View is home to an above-average pay rate for Lead IT Data Scientists, 23 percent higher than the national average. Lead IT Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Lead IT Data Scientists have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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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.


18 %
82 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 5%