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Earnings in Banks, Fintechs, and Hedge Funds: What to Expect


Apr 3, 2024

When looking for a lucrative data science role in financial services, it’s important to consider that not all jobs are created equal. Generally, hedge funds and trading firms are known to be the best places to work for high-paying positions. However, there is still the potential to earn a significant salary at a bank or fintech firm as well.

A recent compensation report from recruitment firm Selby Jennings delves into data science pay by seniority, sector, and region. The report highlights that top data scientists working at hedge funds in prime-paying locations like New York and San Francisco can earn over twice as much as those at banking institutions. Our own upcoming 2024 compensation report also indicates that managing director-equivalent roles in hedge funds can command an average total compensation of $777k. Data scientists in these roles could potentially earn between $1m and $2m on average, nearly three times as much as other senior hedge fund employees.

Selby Jennings’ report further dissects pay for data scientists in various locations across the US and Europe, offering insights into average compensation for analysts. For young data scientists in Europe, Switzerland emerges as a promising location for lucrative opportunities. French data scientists typically earn more than their German counterparts in banks, while the reverse is true on the buy-side. Interestingly, junior data scientists in London banks receive lower pay compared to their counterparts in New York, where entry-level salaries are three times as high. On the buy-side, New York pay is still considerably higher.

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