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Principal Data Scientist, IT Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for IT Principal Data Scientists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $129K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, IT Principal Data Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The vast majority (84 percent) of IT Principal Data Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$88,970 - $177,872
MEDIAN: $129,071

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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.
$88,970 - $177,872  
$-0.49 - $39,524  
Profit Sharing
$9,916 - $19,888  
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).
$86,473 - $197,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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Job Description for Principal 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 Principal Data Scientist, IT

Survey takers who work as IT Principal Data Scientists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Learning, Python, Statistical Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis and Statistical Analysis. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Machine Learning.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Data Scientist, IT

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of IT Principal Data Scientists. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $104K per year. IT Principal Data Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $156K. IT Principal Data Scientists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $166K.

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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 22 votes.


16 %
84 %

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 3%