Austin data scientist salaries revealed: From $60,000 to nearly $200,000, here's what you could earn working in Apple, Dell, and Home Depot's Austin offices

  • People are fleeing to Austin, TX from high-cost areas like the Silicon Valley.
  • There are opportunities for Austin-based data scientists at firms like Apple, Dell, and more.
  • Depending on level and responsibility, jobs pay between around $60,000 and nearly $200,000.
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After nearly a year of working from home, Americans continue to question whether they should move out of high-cost cities. One solution for many: Austin, TX.  

The Texas city is booming with new residents — Elon Musk moved to Austin, Google is building a new skyscraper downtown, and Oracle moved its headquarters to the city.  

Insider examined visa applications from Apple, Home Depot, Dell Technologies, and more to understand the salaries that data scientists can expect in the growing tech hub. 

Read more: 8 firms pay New York data scientists upwards of $200,000 — and they’re hiring. Here are salaries and job postings for data scientists at Google, Facebook, Spotify, and more.

When a US-based firm hires a foreign worker, they have to apply for a visa through the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification — part of this application includes an estimated pay for that employee. These visa applications are published online, and provide insight into how firms pay for different types of jobs. It’s worth noting that the visa application only includes data on estimated salary. Things like bonuses, incentives, and benefits, all part of a normal pay package, are not included in the data. 

Let’s dig into the data below. 

Apple's newest Austin campus will open in 2022 and eventually house 15,000 employees.

In 2019, the tech firm behind iPhones, iPads and Macbooks broke ground on a new campus in Austin. The campus, which is set to open in 2022, will eventually house 15,000 employees. For data scientists hoping to work in the new tech hub, there are many opportunities at Apple.

Based on visa applications from the tech firm, data scientists in Austin can expect to earn between about $77,000 an $150,000. Below, we’ve listed a few job postings currently on Apple’s job site. 

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Scientist, Apple Pay
  • Data Scientist Intern – Strategic Data Solutions
  • Data Scientist, Payments Data Science, WPC Analytics
  • Data Scientist, Apple Pay Analytics
  • Manager, Data Science

Dell has many data science positions, including in specializations like artificial intelligence and sales

Dell Technologies’ US corporate headquarters is in Round Rock, TX, a city located about 15 miles north of Austin. Because of this and their many locations in Austin proper, the opportunities for Dell job seekers in Austin are many. 

Based on 11 visa applications, Dell data scientists can expect salaries anywhere from $68,863 to $107,000, depending on the roll. More specific visa application data is below:

Senior Advisor, Data Science: $95,819 – $107,000

Senior Analyst, Data Science: $68,863 – $85,000

Jobs currently open for data scientists in and around Austin include specializations in artificial intelligence and sales. We’ve pasted a few below, but be sure to visit Dell’s job site for a full listing. 

  • Data Scientist Senior Advisor Sales Reports and Analytics
  • Senior Data Science Consultant-ML/AI
  • Data Scientist – Machine Learning/AI – (US, Remote)
  • Product Management Consultant-AI and Data Science
  • Senior Data Scientist, Global Process Engineering (Remote work, from within U.S.A.)

eBay visa applications reveal salaries between $92,000 and $140,000 for Austin-based data scientists

The online reselling giant eBay has 68 jobs open in their Austin offices, with a number open for data scientists. Based on visa application data, the firm has paid between $92,000 and $140,000 for various levels of data scientist, including a data science analyst.

Data Science Analyst 2: $92,000

Data Scientist: $105,435 – $140,000

Data Scientist 1: $105,000 – $110,000

Below are a few job openings for Austin-based data scientists at eBay.

  • Data Scientist
  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Sr. Manager, Data Science

VRBO, the rental home giant, pays data scientist anywhere from about $75,000 to nearly $200,000

Home rental company VRBO not only has houses you can rent in Austin, but also has jobs you can apply for. Austin-based data scientists can apply for positions that are remote-friendly, management-level, or even advanced. Below we’ve listed a few open positions at VRBO:

  • Senior Data Scientist (Multiple Locations)
  • Senior Manager, Advanced Data Insight Analytics
  • Sr. Manager, Data Science
  • Senior Data Scientist (Austin)

According to visa applications, the firm pays data scientists between about $75,000 for a general data scientist, and nearly $200,000 for a senior manager of data science. More detailed salary data is below.

Data Scientist: $74,360 – $141,422

Data Scientist – Ranking And Relevance: $62,192 – $120,000

Senior Data Scientist: $85,176 – $135,000

Senior Manager – Data Science: $149,908 – $156,585

Senior Manager, Data Science (Senior Data Analyst): $91,395 – $191,585

Home Depot employs data scientists to help with things like the search and recommendation function on its website.

According to visa applications, the home improvement retailer pays its data scientists well. Only one visa application listed a salary below $100,000. Other higher level positions, like senior data scientists or staff data scientists earned upwards of $155,000. See more detailed visa application data below: 

Data Scientist: $130,000

Sr. Data Scientist: $140,000

Data Scientist BL Lab: $95,000

Sr. Data Scientist BL Lab: $138,990

Staff Data Scientist: $155,000

The firm currently has only two data scientist openings in its Austin office, listed below. For a more complete listing of jobs, and to see postings for data-related jobs like data engineers, see Home Depot’s job site. 

  • Senior Manager, Online Data Science – Search
  • Senior Manager, Online Data Science – Recommendations

Walmart's data scientist positions have paid between $85,000 and $110,000 depending on the level.

According to visa applications, retail megastore Walmart estimates pay for data scientists between $85,000 and $95,000 for a regular data scientist. For a senior data scientist, pay was recorded at $110,000. The firm currently has a few openings posted for data scientists in Austin, listed below. For a full listing of opportunities at Walmart, visit the firm’s job site. 

  • Data Scientist
  • Senior Data Scientist

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