Average data scientist salary by state

…and adjusted by cost of living index

This list uses the average data scientist salary by state along with a state’s cost of living index in order to rank the best states to live in if you are earning a data scientist salary. Nationally, the average data scientist salary is $130,134 and the top 5 states included Kansas, Arizona, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. One more thing to remember - since data scientists are currently in high demand, many even find they can work remotely for a company.

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Rank

State

avg data science income

cost of living index

adjusted income

1

Kansas

$139,954

90.4

$154,816

2

Arizona

$144,269

98.1

$147,063

3

Illinois

$127,642

95.5

$133,657

4

Texas

$120,786

90.7

$133,171

5

Wisconsin

$125,044

96.9

$129,044

6

North Carolina

$118,838

94.2

$126,155

7

Arkansas

$110,310

88.5

$124,644

8

Oklahoma

$110,040

88.6

$124,199

9

Utah

$113,426

92.8

$122,226

10

Washington

$130,635

107.1

$121,975

11

Oregon

$139,785

115.4

$121,131

12

Nevada

$126,075

104.5

$120,646

13

Georgia

$109,103

91.4

$119,369

14

Virginia

$118,349

100.2

$118,113

15

Idaho

$103,738

89.6

$115,779

16

Michigan

$101,152

88.2

$114,685

17

Nebraska

$103,791

91.3

$113,681

18

Tennessee

$100,626

89.8

$112,056

19

Missouri

$101,467

90.8

$111,748

20

Pennsylvania

$113,857

102.8

$110,756

21

Indiana

$97,209

87.9

$110,590

22

Delaware

$109,436

102.6

$106,663

23

Ohio

$98,387

93

$105,792

24

Colorado

$107,939

102.1

$105,719

25

California

$141,259

134.8

$104,792

26

South Carolina

$104,805

100.5

$104,284

27

Florida

$101,781

99

$102,809

28

New York

$138,565

135.2

$102,489

29

New Jersey

$119,736

121

$98,955

30

Iowa

$88,408

91.7

$96,410

31

Minnesota

$95,547

101.1

$94,507

32

Kentucky

$85,755

90.8

$94,444

33

Massachusetts

$125,378

134.7

$93,079

34

Connecticut

$111,696

130.7

$85,460

35

Maryland

$103,340

125

$82,672

36

District of Columbia

$119,202

149.2

$79,894

37

Maine

$88,840

112

$79,321

NOTE: There were a number of states that did not have enough data science salary data to include here. This includes Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, Alaska and West Virginia

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