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Data Scientists Salary Survey: US, Canada, Australia lead


Data Scientists Salary Survey shows that industry data scientists are in a sweet spot, especially in US, Canada, and Australia, with average salary $135K. European and Asian data scientists salaries are significantly lower.



By Gregory Piatetsky, Mar 21, 2014.

Previous KDnuggets Poll asked: Salary

What is your Annual Salary/Income (in USD),
Employer type,
and Analytics/Data Science role?


2014 results show that data scientists are in a sweet spot, especially in US, Canada, and Australia. European and Asian data scientists earn significantly less.

From 230 respondents, about 61% were from US/Canada, and 24% from Europe.

Analytic RoleSalary or Income
Manage teams which analyze data (18%)  $141K
Data Scientist/Data Miner (47%)  $118K
Data Analyst/Business Analyst (support data analysis) (22%)  $70K
other role (6.5%)  $73K
Academic Researcher (4.3%)  $80K
Student (1.7%)  $26K

A regional breakdown shows that Data Science Managers in the US/Canada earn average salary around $165K, about 22% higher than Data Scientists ($135K), who earn almost twice as much as data analysts ($76K). Data shows the regions with at least 10 respondents.

Salary for Analytics/Data Science Professionals, 2014 - Region vs Role

Employer type also plays an important role - overall, people in the industry earned $113K, almost 50% more than $75K for academic/government employees.

Here is a more detailed breakdown by Role and Employer type (students excluded).

Salary for Analytics/Data Science Professionals, 2014 - Role vs Employment

Finally, the chart below shows a breakdown by Region, Role, and Employment. European and Asian salaries are lagging behind the US, Canadian, and Australian ones for similar positions.

Salary for Analytics/Data Science Professionals, 2014 - by Role, Employer and Region

Here are more details for KDnuggets 2014 Analytics/Data Science Salary Poll.

and the results of past polls: