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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

15-2051 Data Scientists

Develop and implement a set of techniques or analytics applications to transform raw data into meaningful information using data-oriented programming languages and visualization software. Apply data mining, data modeling, natural language processing, and machine learning to extract and analyze information from large structured and unstructured datasets. Visualize, interpret, and report data findings. May create dynamic data reports. Excludes “Statisticians” (15-2041), “Cartographers and Photogrammetrists” (17-1021), and “Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars” (29-9021).


National estimates for Data Scientists
Industry profile for Data Scientists
Geographic profile for Data Scientists

National estimates for Data Scientists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Data Scientists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
105,980 2.4 % $ 52.24 $ 108,660 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Data Scientists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 28.57 $ 37.32 $ 48.52 $ 62.87 $ 80.31
Annual Wage (2) $ 59,430 $ 77,620 $ 100,910 $ 130,770 $ 167,040


Industry profile for Data Scientists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Data Scientists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Data Scientists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Data Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 16,620 0.73 $ 55.91 $ 116,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises 12,570 0.50 $ 51.95 $ 108,060
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,270 0.47 $ 51.99 $ 108,150
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,840 0.73 $ 54.53 $ 113,430
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 5,690 0.28 $ 56.34 $ 117,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Data Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 3,720 1.03 $ 67.12 $ 139,600
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,840 0.73 $ 54.53 $ 113,430
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 16,620 0.73 $ 55.91 $ 116,300
Software Publishers 3,710 0.70 $ 52.92 $ 110,070
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2,570 0.68 $ 60.65 $ 126,160

Top paying industries for Data Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 400 0.26 $ 71.29 $ 148,290
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 620 0.17 $ 68.34 $ 142,150
Other Information Services 3,720 1.03 $ 67.12 $ 139,600
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2,570 0.68 $ 60.65 $ 126,160
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 1,110 0.11 $ 59.83 $ 124,440


Geographic profile for Data Scientists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Data Scientists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Data Scientists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of data scientists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Data Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,750 1.07 1.43 $ 64.00 $ 133,110
New York 10,050 1.16 1.54 $ 58.91 $ 122,540
Texas 5,850 0.48 0.64 $ 54.98 $ 114,360
North Carolina 5,050 1.14 1.52 $ 54.80 $ 113,980
Illinois 4,670 0.83 1.10 $ 50.00 $ 104,010


Map of location quotient of data scientists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Data Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,380 2.09 2.77 $ 56.48 $ 117,470
Colorado 3,070 1.17 1.56 $ 50.86 $ 105,790
New York 10,050 1.16 1.54 $ 58.91 $ 122,540
Utah 1,790 1.15 1.53 $ 38.38 $ 79,830
North Carolina 5,050 1.14 1.52 $ 54.80 $ 113,980


Map of annual mean wages of data scientists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Data Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,460 0.77 1.02 $ 64.38 $ 133,900
California 17,750 1.07 1.43 $ 64.00 $ 133,110
Delaware 370 0.85 1.13 $ 61.45 $ 127,810
New York 10,050 1.16 1.54 $ 58.91 $ 122,540
New Jersey 2,840 0.74 0.98 $ 57.81 $ 120,240



Map of employment of data scientists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Data Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,240 1.18 1.57 $ 61.66 $ 128,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,290 2.36 3.13 $ 73.65 $ 153,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,160 1.42 1.89 $ 59.01 $ 122,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,830 0.67 0.89 $ 57.33 $ 119,240
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,580 0.85 1.12 $ 49.89 $ 103,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,530 3.30 4.39 $ 75.53 $ 157,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,410 1.32 1.75 $ 51.90 $ 107,950
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,700 0.75 1.00 $ 55.47 $ 115,380
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,470 0.96 1.27 $ 54.05 $ 112,420
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,350 1.60 2.13 $ 51.71 $ 107,550


Map of location quotient of data scientists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Data Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,530 3.30 4.39 $ 75.53 $ 157,110
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,040 2.91 3.87 $ 47.37 $ 98,530
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 820 2.62 3.48 $ 55.33 $ 115,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,290 2.36 3.13 $ 73.65 $ 153,180
Madison, WI 710 1.88 2.50 (8) (8)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,660 1.69 2.24 $ 44.94 $ 93,470
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,010 1.66 2.21 $ 58.24 $ 121,130
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 60 1.65 2.20 $ 43.73 $ 90,960
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 150 1.64 2.18 $ 35.14 $ 73,090
Salt Lake City, UT 1,200 1.61 2.15 $ 37.83 $ 78,680


Map of annual mean wages of data scientists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Data Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,530 3.30 4.39 $ 75.53 $ 157,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,290 2.36 3.13 $ 73.65 $ 153,180
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,120 1.11 1.47 $ 65.34 $ 135,900
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,240 1.18 1.57 $ 61.66 $ 128,250
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 50 0.53 0.70 $ 59.42 $ 123,600
Austin-Round Rock, TX 940 0.88 1.17 $ 59.39 $ 123,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,160 1.42 1.89 $ 59.01 $ 122,740
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 140 0.74 0.99 $ 58.96 $ 122,640
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,010 1.66 2.21 $ 58.24 $ 121,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,830 0.67 0.89 $ 57.33 $ 119,240

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Data Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.48 0.64 $ 42.85 $ 89,130
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 0.73 $ 45.32 $ 94,270
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 0.69 $ 37.28 $ 77,540
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.98 1.30 $ 30.60 $ 63,650
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 0.63 $ 46.76 $ 97,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Data Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.98 1.30 $ 30.60 $ 63,650
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 0.83 $ 45.65 $ 94,950
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 0.73 $ 45.32 $ 94,270
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 0.69 $ 37.28 $ 77,540
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.48 0.64 $ 42.85 $ 89,130

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Data Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 0.44 $ 54.76 $ 113,890
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 0.57 $ 48.39 $ 100,650
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.19 $ 47.99 $ 99,810
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 0.63 $ 46.76 $ 97,250
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 0.83 $ 45.65 $ 94,950


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022