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Average Data Scientist Salary

$95,973
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$8,861
Bonus
$6,100
Commission
$5,143
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The average salary for a Data Scientist is $95,973.
10%
$66k
MEDIAN
$96k
90%
$134k
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$66k - $134k
Bonus
$2k - $20k
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$976 - $25k
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$1k - $10k
Total Pay
$65k - $144k
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Job Satisfaction for Data Scientist

4 out of 5
(1,076)
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The top respondents for the job title Data Scientist are from the companies Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Microsoft Corp where the average pay is $124,704. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Apple Computer, Inc and Facebook Inc, earning around $124,677 and $121,897, respectively. Booz, Allen, and Hamilton pays the lowest at around $82,031. Ford Motor Company and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $95,260 and $112,112, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Data Scientists?

Skills in Machine Learning and Python are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include R, Statistical Analysis and Data Analysis.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Data Scientists?

An entry-level Data Scientist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $85,721 based on 1,349 salaries. An early career Data Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $94,434 based on 6,594 salaries. A mid-career Data Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $108,650 based on 1,846 salaries. An experienced Data Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $120,630 based on 566 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $136,438.
Employees with Data Scientist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 26.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (13.1% more) and New York, New York (5.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (7.6% less), Washington, District of Columbia (6.5% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (5.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 10,518 survey responses.
Entry Level
12.8%
Early Career
62.7%
Mid Career
17.6%
Experienced
5.4%
Late Career
1.5%