What’s Driving Data Science Salaries Now

(Melpomene/Shutterstock) Interested in getting a higher salary in your job as a data scientist? (Who doesn’t?) According to a recent survey, there’s a strong correlation between higher salaries and working with Spark, Python, and Unix, and spending long hours coding and building models, and also sitting in lots of meetings. Similarly, using Excel, working for an older company, and being a woman had a strong correlation to a lower salary, according to O’Reilly’s recent 2016 Data Science Salary Survey. Now in its fourth year, O’Reilly’s report is based on data collected from more than 900 respondents, which was subsequently run through uses of models to try to tease out the pertinent bits. For example, the median salary for the entire sample was $87,000. That’s down from the $91,000 average recorded…


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