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I am just going on my experience, but according to glassdoor data scientists of the same years of experience earn about 20k more than senior software engineers here in Boston.

Glassdoor is not accurate


Could be really depending on location.

Current Software Engineer, for full disclosure, pondering how to move away from the prevalent web dev job market where I currently reside. Data science seems to pay on par.

Depends on the company. I fought the senior engineering leadership and HR to get data scientists on the same scale as engineers (they had previously been lower--much lower).

Even if that's true, the OP was talking about mid level software engineers, so they would be leaving a field where they had 5 or so years of experience and moving into one where they had 0.

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