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Comparing R Programmer Wages by Industry

Jacob Moody,
August 30, 2016 min read
What salaries do R users in different industries earn?

R is insanely popular.

On a 2016 KDNuggets survey, 49% of the respondents mentioned using R for their analytics projects. This made it the most popular software tool for data related tasks.

At DataCamp we were curious to see which industry gives the highest wage to people with R skills. Using salary data from Payscale, we compared the median salary across different industries for professionals with R skills (2,306 US participants). Note, the differences in median salary for each industry are not only tied to R skills, but also industry specific trends that affect wages.  




Healthcare - $65,920

On average, a healthcare professional with R skills earns the least compared to the other industries we looked at. If you choose for a career in this area, you can expect to earn a median salary of $65,920. This amount does go up if you work as a researcher or biostatistician in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with salaries ranging from $70,000 to over $100,000.


Consulting - $70,172

As their clients’ needs have grown more complex, firms like McKinsey, BCG, PwC, Deloitte and more have embraced the use of R. According to PayScale, R users in the consulting industry can expect to earn an average of $70,172.


So if you combine solid R skills with a high degree of business acumen, you might want to consider entering the consultancy industry.


Marketing, Advertising, and Media - $73,919

Marketing has been fundamentally transformed by the emergence of data science technologies. Both small and large players make use of R to perform tasks like user segmentation, price optimization, personalized recommendations, etc. R skills are in demand, and entering this industry means a median salary of $73,919 per year.


Technology - $82,434

Software development companies like Microsoft, Google, and IBM make heavy use of R. Whether it’s optimizing software performance, building a machine learning model to automate a process, or visualizing data - the use of R can be seen throughout these organizations.


Traditionally, working in the software industry brings you into a higher pay scale. This is certainly true for R developers where they earn a median salary of $82,434.  


Financial Services - $86,753

The financial services industry has embraced R for quantitative research. Analysts and portfolio managers can leverage R to optimize portfolios, manage risk and increase return for their clients.

While you should not immediately expect to life the live of Jordan Belfort in the Wolf of Wall Street, the finance industry tops our list with a median salary of $86,753.

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  1. R, Python Duel As Top Analytics, Data Science software – KDnuggets 2016 Software Poll Results
  2. Payscale Salary Data for R Skills by Industry


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