IT Principal Data Scientists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $144K annually. In the world of IT Principal Data Scientists, overall income ranges from $92K near the bottom to $199K at the top; this can include more than $31K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of IT Principal Data Scientists (81 percent) who took the survey are men. For the most part, IT Principal Data Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$92,718 - $181,761
MEDIAN: $143,670

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$92,718 - $181,761  
$3,844 - $31,094  
Profit Sharing
$2,027 - $20,203  
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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).
$91,916 - $199,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118

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Popular Skills for Principal Data Scientist, IT

Survey results imply that IT Principal Data Scientists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Machine Learning, Python, Big Data Analytics, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis, Statistical Analysis, and Big Data Analytics. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Machine Learning and Python.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Data Scientist, IT

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

IT Principal Data Scientists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $116K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $149K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $163K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $177K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $148,754

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Home to some of the best pay for IT Principal Data Scientists, Atlanta offers exceptional salaries, 14 percent above the national average. IT Principal Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+12 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Boston (+3 percent), and Palo Alto (+3 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (9 percent lower) and San Francisco (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Principal Data Scientist, IT Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 4%