Principal Data Scientist, IT Salary

IT Principal Data Scientists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $132K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of IT Principal Data Scientists, overall income ranges from $90K near the bottom to $197K at the top; this can include more than $40K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for IT Principal Data Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. There are far more male IT Principal Data Scientists survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$90,234 - $175,466
MEDIAN: $132,171

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
$90,234 - $175,466  
$984 - $39,635  
Profit Sharing
$6,183 - $20,273  
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).
$90,135 - $197,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Data Scientist, IT Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for

IT Principal Data Scientists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Learning, Python, Big Data Analytics, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis and Statistical Analysis. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Machine Learning.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

IT Principal Data Scientists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $114K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, IT Principal Data Scientists make a median salary of $154K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $160K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

For IT Principal Data Scientists, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. IT Principal Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+17 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Palo Alto (+6 percent). In Boston, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Salaries

up arrow 11%

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 2%

National Average

up arrow 1%

Big Data Analytics
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


18 %
82 %

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 5%