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Analytics, Data Mining, Data Science professionals well compensated


US, Canada, and Australian analytics professionals are paid the most, with US/Canada Industry Data Science Managers earning on average $177K, Industry Data Scientists $126K, Academic Researchers $119K, and Data Analysts $86K.



By Gregory Piatetsky, @kdnuggets, Mar 3, 2015.

Previous KDnuggets Poll asked:

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

2015 poll got much higher participation than in 2014 and reached a wider population including more junior analytics professionals, which probably explains slightly lower salaries for US data scientists this year.

US, Canada, Australia From 388 respondents this year, 58.8% were from US/Canada, 26.8% from Europe, 7.5% from Asia, 1.8% from AU/NZ, 3.4% from Latin America, and 1.8% from Africa/Middle East.

Note: We estimated the salary using a mid-point for each range, $20K for under $30K bin, and $250K for over $180K bin.



Table 1: Avg. Salary/Income by Employer type
here bar height corresponds to number of people, bar width to salary.
Employer typeSalary/Income
Self (12)  $141K
Company (303)  $107K
Government/Non-profit (21)  $90K
Academic/University (34)  $70K




Table 2: Avg. Salary/Income by Analytic Role
bar height corresponds to number of people, bar width to salary.
Analytic RoleSalary
Manage teams which analyze data (60)  $158K
other role (16)  $116K
Data Scientist/Data Miner - analyze data yourself (206)  $101K
Academic Researcher (23)  $75K
Data Analyst/Business Analyst (support data analysis) (62)  $72K
Student (21)  $26K


A regional breakdown shows that Data Science Managers in the US/Canada earn average salary around $177K (11% higher than $165K in 2014). US/Canada Data Scientists earn on average $122K (9% lower than $135K in 2014, probably because more people entered the market). US/Canada Data Analysts earn on average $86K (11% higher than $76K in 2014).

Salary for Analytics, Data Mining, Data Science Professionals, 2015 - Region vs Role

Employer type also plays an important role. Even excluding students, people in the industry earned $108K, about 40% more than $$77.6 for academic/government employees.

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

Salary for Analytics, Data Mining, Data Science Professionals, 2015 - Role vs Employment

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

Salary for Analytics, Data Mining, Data Science Professionals, 2015 - by Role, Employer and Region

Here are more details for KDnuggets 2015 Analytics/Data Science Salary

and the results of past polls:
 

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