Average Entry-Level Data Scientist Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Data Scientist is $86,072.
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$60k - $119k
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$968 - $21k
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$58k - $125k

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The top respondents for the job title Data Scientist are from the companies Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Microsoft Corp and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $129,634. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Facebook Inc and Microsoft Corp, earning around $111,785 and $110,149, respectively. National Security Agency pays the lowest at around $68,469. Booz, Allen, and Hamilton and UnitedHealth Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $73,308 and $78,344, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Data Scientist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Data Scientist

An early career Data Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $94,271 based on 6,449 salaries. A mid-career Data Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $107,763 based on 1,822 salaries. An experienced Data Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $120,197 based on 570 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $135,944.
Employees with Data Scientist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 28.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (13.1% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (5.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Washington, District of Columbia (9.5% less), Atlanta, Georgia (5.1% less) and Chicago, Illinois (4.6% less).

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