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Salary/Income of Analytics/Data Mining/Data Science professionals

          

The big demand for analytics, data mining, and data science professionals led to a significant jump in their salaries in 2013. Salaries are highest in US, Australia/NZ, and among self-employed and industry data scientists. See details.

The 2013 KDnuggets Annual Salary Poll asked

What is your annual salary/income range (in USD) and employment ?

The big demand for data scientists led to a significant jump in overall compensation in 2013, including 12% increase globally, 13% increase in US/Canada, and 29% increase among self-employed.

About 80% of the respondents were from companies or were self-employed.

US and AU/NZ lead in salaries, with Western Europe and Middle East forming a strong second tier.

The following graph shows the overall landscape of analytics compensation:

Graph 1: Analytics Salary/Income by Region and Employment type
excluding students and unemployed. 2013 Analytics salaries by region and employment type

Not surprisingly, the income/salary was highest among self-employed, followed by data scientists working for a company, University/Academia, Government, and students - see table 1.

Table 1: 2013 Annual Income/Salary by Employment type

Employment 2013 Avg. Salary 2012 Avg. Salary % Change 2013 Count 2012 Count
Self-employed 136.4 105.8 29.0% 25 26
Company 111.3 101.6 9.5% 284 375
University/Academia 89.6 63.2 41.9% 42 49
Government 72.5 71.8 1.0% 12 14
Student 33.4 34.1 -2.0% 19 17
Unemployed/Retired 20.0 48.3 na 1 6
All 105.2 94.1 11.9% 383 487

For estimating average salary we used mid-point of the range, 20K for " $180" range.

We note also that there was only 1 self-reported Unemployed/Retired, vs 6 in 2012.

In Table 2 we break down the data by region. Since the numbers of self-employed and government data scientists are relatively small, we grouped them with industry and university, respectively. Students and unemployed were excluded.

Table 2: 2013 Annual Income/Salary by Region and Employment type
excluding students and unemployed; % change is not reported when counts are too small

Region Employment 2013 Avg. Salary 2012 Avg. Salary % Change 2013 Count
US/Canada all 128.8 113.9 13.1% 223
  Comp/Self 131.3 116.8 12.4% 194
  Univ/Gov 112.1 85.9 30.5% 29
Australia/NZ all 108.1 111.8 -3.3% 8
  Comp/Self 112.9 108.3 4.2% 7
  Univ/Gov 75.0 127.5 na 1
W. Europe all 85.1 78.1 8.9% 75
  Comp/Self 90.4 83.8 7.9% 62
  Univ/Gov 59.6 55.6 7.2% 13
Middle East/
Africa
all 83.5 96.4 -13.4% 13
  Comp/Self 90.5 105 -13.9% 11
  Univ/Gov 45.0 45 na 2
Latin America all 68.3 43.3 57.7% 12
  Comp/Self 68.8 43.3 58.7% 8
  Univ/Gov 67.5 na na 4
Asia all 59.8 41.3 44.9% 23
  Comp/Self 63.3 45.2 39.9% 20
  Univ/Gov 36.7 29.4 24.8% 3
E. Europe all 43.9 40.8 7.5% 9
  Comp/Self 47.1 45 4.8% 7
  Univ/Gov 32.5 30.7 5.8% 2
Global all 109.2 96.8 12.8% 363

The following graph shows a more detailed breakdown by salary range and region.

2013 Salary/Income of Analytics/Data Mining/Data Science professionals by Region


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