For people with an analytical mind and an eye for trend forecasting, data scientist jobs have a lot to offer. It’s a role that really only came into existence within the last ten years, but today, there is a strong demand for top talent. And as a result, data scientists benefit from some pretty competitive salaries.
According to recent salary data from Paysa, the average data scientist earns $100,000 per year.
But here’s the crazy truth:
Some top tech companies will pay more than double that average.
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Here are five of Paysa’s top SalaryRank companies where data scientists earn the most:
#1. Pinterest – $212,000 per year
It should come as no surprise that Pinterest—a company focused on surfacing trends in fashion, food, and interior design—pays the most for data scientist jobs. Data plays an integral role in how Pinterest serves the right content to its users (thereby keeping them active on the site for longer stretches of time). And who is responsible for helping identify those trends and providing the right content? Data scientists, of course.
Data scientist salaries at Pinterest average out to $212,000 per year, which includes a $145,000 base salary, $12,000 annual bonus, and a generous $55,000 in annual equity. That equity should be particularly interesting for data scientists considering Pinterest is not yet a publicly-traded company, making it one of those highly-valuable tech “unicorns” that tend to draw some of the best talent in Silicon Valley.
#2. Lyft – $209,000 per year
We recently highlighted some of the top-paying jobs at Lyft on the Paysa blog, and right there in the #4 spot was “data scientist.” At $209,000 per year—including a $147,000 base salary and a whopping $62,000 in annual equity—data scientist salaries at Lyft are some of the best in the business.
But Lyft isn’t the only rideshare giant looking to attract top-tier data scientists…
#3. Uber – $206,000 per year
It’s a neck-and-neck race for domination in the ultra-competitive ridesharing industry, so it makes complete sense that Uber would be another top tech company looking for great data scientists to give them a leg up. Data scientist jobs at Uber pay an average of $206,000 per year. It’s worth noting that while the compensation is just $3,000 less than at Lyft, the makeup of that compensation is quite different. Uber data scientists earn an average base salary of $120,000 (compared to the $147,000 at Lyft), but they also earn a considerable bonus plan of $12,000 per year and $67,000 in equity each year.
#4. Facebook – $198,000 per year
Facebook undoubtedly needs high-quality data scientists and can certainly afford to pay them. While the salary for a data scientist at Facebook may be slightly lower than some other top tech companies, there are plenty of other perks associated with working for Mark Zuckerberg. Data scientist jobs at Facebook pay an average salary of $198,000 per year, which includes a $144,000 base salary, $16,000 annual bonus, and $39,000 in equity.
#5. Dropbox – $183,000 per year
Rounding out the lineup of top companies for data scientist jobs is one of the pioneers of the cloud: Dropbox. With an average base salary of $122,000, a bonus of $15,000 each year, and annual equity totaling $46,000, the $183,000 in total compensation for data scientists at Dropbox is significantly more than the national average.
If you have the skills and experience to work as a data scientist, it’d be a mistake to not explore opportunities with one of these five companies.
But these aren’t the only five offering above-average compensation for data scientists. We’re constantly updating our data to reflect the latest salary trends for thousands of jobs at top tech companies.
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