Average Lead Data Scientist Salary

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The average salary for a Lead Data Scientist is $127,208.
MEDIAN $127,208
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$97k - $174k
$5k - $31k
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$3k - $20k
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$99k - $187k

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Job Satisfaction for Lead Data Scientist

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Popular Skills for Lead Data Scientist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Data Scientist

An early career Lead Data Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $120,783 based on 80 salaries. A mid-career Lead Data Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $135,602 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Lead Data Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $147,811 based on 49 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $163,558.
Employees with Lead Data Scientist in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 19.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (18.9% more) and San Francisco, California (14.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Washington, District of Columbia (5.0% less) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (3.0% less).

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