Principal Data Scientist, IT Salary

Salaries for IT Principal Data Scientists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($136K) per year. Cash earnings for IT Principal Data Scientists — which occasionally include more than $39K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $91K to approximately $197K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of IT Principal Data Scientists are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$90,967 - $176,613
MEDIAN: $136,237

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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.
$90,967 - $176,613  
$1,002 - $39,171  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $20,180  
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).
$91,416 - $197,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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Popular Skills for Principal Data Scientist, IT

IT Principal Data Scientists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Learning, Python, Big Data Analytics, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis and Statistical Analysis. 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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for IT Principal Data Scientists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $115K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $144K. After working for 10 to 20 years, IT Principal Data Scientists make a median salary of $157K. IT Principal Data Scientists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $166K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $145,999

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For IT Principal Data Scientists, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. IT Principal Data Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+14 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Palo Alto (+4 percent). IT Principal Data Scientists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — IT Principal Data Scientists in Boston bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national 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

Big Data Analytics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


17 %
83 %

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: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 4%