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Principal Data Scientist, IT Salary

Wages for IT Principal Data Scientists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($142K) per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for IT Principal Data Scientists is high. Men account for the majority of IT Principal Data Scientists who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$89,247 - $176,867
MEDIAN: $127,430

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$89,247 - $176,867  
$0.00 - $40,000  
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$8,500 - $16,000  
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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).
$88,797 - $197,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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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IT Principal Data Scientists who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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. Data Analysis and Statistical Analysis are also commonly seen together.

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. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $102K. IT Principal Data Scientists see a median salary of $159K after reaching one to two decades on the job. IT Principal Data Scientists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $160K on average.

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Experience Affects Principal Data Scientist, IT Salaries

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Skills That Affect Principal Data Scientist, IT Salaries

Machine Learning
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National Average

Statistical Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


13 %
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 1%