Average Senior Data Scientist Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Data Scientist is $126,213.
MEDIAN $126,213
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$93k - $160k
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$4k - $23k
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$97k - $175k

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The top respondents for the job title Senior Data Scientist are from the companies Microsoft Corp, Aetna, Inc. and Capital One Financial Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Microsoft Corp where the average pay is $148,309. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Aetna, Inc., earning around $140,500 and $125,704, respectively. Verisk Analytics pays the lowest at around $94,242. Booz, Allen, and Hamilton and Oracle also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $102,439 and $109,153, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Data Scientist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Data Scientist

An entry-level Senior Data Scientist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $110,139 based on 20 salaries. An early career Senior Data Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $121,170 based on 576 salaries. A mid-career Senior Data Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $129,173 based on 568 salaries. An experienced Senior Data Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $137,002 based on 270 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $142,208.
Employees with Senior Data Scientist in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 23.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (12.9% more) and Seattle, Washington (8.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Washington, District of Columbia (10.2% less), Chicago, Illinois (6.6% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (4.9% less).

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