The Best Paying US Cities For Data Scientists In 2022

Mark Haranas

From Boston and New York City to Seattle and San Francisco, here are the top 20 highest paying cities where data scientists can earn between $185,000 to $455,000 in total compensation.

The 20 Highest Paying Cities For Data Scientist

Data scientists looking to make more than $180,000 in total compensation per year need to know about the top paying cities in the United States where they can earn the most money.

From cities in California to Boston and Seattle, professional social network Blind has analyzed the highest paying base salaries and total compensation of data scientists depending on which U.S. city they work in.

The average annual salary of a data scientist in the U.S. is around $111,000, according to Blind, an anonymous professional network that leveraged data from its more than 5 million verified professionals.

As the explosion of new and more data is erupting everywhere in the IT world, businesses need professionals who can collect, analyze and interpret this data to solve their most pressing business challenges—from operating optimization to improving marketing and sales.

Data scientists are in high demand across businesses verticals and industries due to their ability to analyze large amounts of structured and unstructured data from sources such as smart devices and social media. Top data scientists can combine their computer science and statistics skills together to solve business outcomes for organizations in every industry. Data scientists use contextual understanding as well as both IT and non-IT industry knowledge to uncover new ideas and solutions.

Blind found that many of the top 20 highest paying cities for data science professionals are in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Silicon Valley, although many cities in New Jersey, Florida, Oregon and Texas aren’t too far behind.

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CRN breaks down Blind’s top 20 U.S. cities where data scientists can earn north of $180,000 in average total compensation which includes base salary, stock-based compensation, and other additional cash bonuses. The top paying cities in the U.S. for data scientists provide total compensation of between $184,752 to $455,166.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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