THIS IS THE FIFTH YEAR for the Data Science Salary Survey, and we certainly see some trends over that time. With nearly 800 participants taking this online, self-reported survey, we can use this data to get a better picture of what tools data scientists are using, where the industry is heading, and most important, get an overview of salaries for the data community. The respondents came from 69 countries and 42 US states. This gives us a good geographic dispersion when we look at the trends.
The survey asked specific questions about salary, industry, team, and company size, but it also asked questions such as, “How easy is it to move to another position?” or “What is your next career step?” When all of these questions are put together, a better picture of the overall landscape comes into focus when looking at data in various industries.
The data and model are best used to start a larger discussion about, for instance, how you compare to your peers and the industry as a whole, and the soft and hard skills you might think about acquiring in order to stay competitive and up-to-date.