How much does a Data Scientist make in the United States?

2.5k salaries reported, updated at September 17, 2021
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The average salary for a data scientist is $117,168 per year in the United States.

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  • Commuter assistance
  • Stock options
  • Referral program
  • Gym membership
  • Adoption assistance
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Most common benefits for Data Scientists

  • Commuter assistance
  • Stock options
  • Referral program
  • Gym membership
  • Adoption assistance
  • Health savings account
  • Flexible schedule
  • Parental leave
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Food provided
  • Pet insurance
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Salary satisfaction

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68% of Data scientists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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How can data scientists increase their salaries?

To increase your salary as a data scientist, consider the following options:

  • Change of industry: Consider changing to an industry that is more competitive and willing to pay higher salaries. Social networking companies like Google and Facebook often pay premium salaries for data scientists, as do financial organizations or manufacturers.
  • Higher education: Data scientists who obtain a doctoral degree are generally able to qualify for more advanced positions and higher salaries.
  • Leadership roles: Senior data scientists oversee junior data scientists in addition to their regular responsibilities.
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