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Data Scientist Average Salary in Hong Kong 2023

How much money does a person working as Data Scientist make in Hong Kong?

Average Monthly Salary
58,100 HKD
( 697,000 HKD yearly)


A person working as Data Scientist in Hong Kong typically earns around 58,100 HKD per month. Salaries range from 27,300 HKD (lowest) to 91,800 HKD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Data Scientist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Data Scientist Pay Scale and Salaries in Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution Hong Kong Data Scientist monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
54,700 HKD or more
10% of people earn
48,000 to 54,700 HKD
20% of people earn
33,400 HKD or less
65% of people earn
33,400 to 48,000 HKD
Minimum Salary
27,300 HKD
55,100 HKD
91,800 HKD

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Data Scientist salaries in Hong Kong range from 27,300 HKD per month (starting salary) to 91,800 HKD per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 55,100 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Data Scientist(s) are earning less than 55,100 HKD while the other half are earning more than 55,100 HKD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Data Scientist(s) are earning less than 44,600 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 44,600 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Data Scientist(s) are earning less than 63,300 HKD while 25% are earning more than 63,300 HKD.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 33,400 HKD to 48,000 HKD. Approximatly 20% fall under the 33,400 HKD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 48,000 HKD to 54,700 HKD. Only 5% of people grossed 54,700 HKD or more.

Data Scientist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Data Scientist average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
31,500 HKD
2 - 5 Years+38%
43,400 HKD
5 - 10 Years+42%
61,800 HKD
10 - 15 Years+22%
75,300 HKD
15 - 20 Years+6%
79,500 HKD
20+ Years+9%
86,600 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Hong Kong Data Scientist
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Data Scientist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 31,500 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 43,400 HKD per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 61,800 HKD per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Data Scientist whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 75,300 HKD per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 79,500 HKD per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 86,600 HKD per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Data Scientist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Data Scientist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Data Scientist average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

Bachelor's Degree
40,200 HKD
Master's Degree+55%
62,100 HKD
82,800 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level monthly Hong Kong Data Scientist
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Data Scientist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary is 40,200 HKD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 62,100 HKD per month, 55% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

People with PhD have an average salary of 82,800 HKD per month, 33% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Hong Kong costs anywhere from 183,000 Hong Kong Dollar(s) to 549,000 Hong Kong Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Data Scientist

Salary comparison by gender Hong Kong Data Scientist monthly
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Data Scientist employees in Hong Kong earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

61,000 HKD
55,700 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Data Scientist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

How much are annual salary increments in Hong Kong for Data Scientist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Data Scientist

Data Scientist(s) in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Hong Kong / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Hong Kong is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Hong Kong for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Data Scientist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Hong Kong

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Hong Kong Data Scientist
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"Data Scientist" is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

58% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 42% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Data Scientist Salary Trend and Forecast in Hong Kong

How are Data Scientist salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
52,900 HKD
Average Salary 2020+3%
54,400 HKD
Average Salary 2021+2%
55,800 HKD
Average Salary 2022+2%
57,000 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Data Scientist salaries in Hong Kong are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 2% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Data Scientist Average Hourly Wage in Hong Kong

340 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 340 HKD. This means that the average Data Scientist in Hong Kong earns approximately 340 HKD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Data Scientist' in Hong Kong is 160 HKD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Data Scientist VS Other Jobs

58,100 HKD
49,000 HKD
36,600 HKD
Average Salary
Data Scientist
Average Salary
Science and Technical Services
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Data Scientist is 19% more than that of Science and Technical Services. Also, Science and Technical Services salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Data Scientist and Science and Technical Services monthly Hong Kong
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Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Biofuels Production Manager48,200 HKD-17%
Biologist74,200 HKD+28%
Biomedical Scientist78,300 HKD+35%
Biophysicist74,500 HKD+28%
Chemical Engineer34,700 HKD-40%
Chemical Technologist33,200 HKD-43%
Chemist69,500 HKD+20%
Chief Technologist62,500 HKD+8%
Climate Change Analyst44,600 HKD-23%
Clinical Laboratory Scientist72,200 HKD+24%
Computer Scientist53,000 HKD-9%
Conservation Scientist62,100 HKD+7%
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Ecologist52,200 HKD-10%
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Flavourist24,900 HKD-57%
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Fraud Investigator36,200 HKD-38%
Genomics Scientist73,800 HKD+27%
Geographer39,200 HKD-33%
Geographic Information Systems Technician25,000 HKD-57%
Geological Data Technician24,600 HKD-58%
Geological Technician30,700 HKD-47%
Geologist61,100 HKD+5%
Geomatics Scientist57,100 HKD-2%
Geophysical Data Technician23,100 HKD-60%
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist53,400 HKD-8%
Hydrologist46,500 HKD-20%
Industrial Ecologist52,600 HKD-9%
Intelligence Analyst44,400 HKD-24%
Knowledge Management Specialist36,500 HKD-37%
Laboratory Manager51,700 HKD-11%
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Laboratory Technician22,300 HKD-62%
Life Sciences Analyst47,800 HKD-18%
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Marine Architect46,300 HKD-20%
Marine Biologist49,700 HKD-14%
Marine Superintendent28,900 HKD-50%
Materials Analyst31,700 HKD-45%
Materials Scientist54,300 HKD-7%
Mathematician57,300 HKD-1%
Medical Scientist75,800 HKD+30%
Metallurgist51,700 HKD-11%
Meteorologist51,600 HKD-11%
Microbiologist75,600 HKD+30%
Natural Language Processing Researcher43,800 HKD-25%
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Physical Scientist57,400 HKD-1%
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Quantitative Researcher51,100 HKD-12%
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Risk Safety Engineer33,100 HKD-43%
Scientific Photographer31,200 HKD-46%
Scientific Programmer44,100 HKD-24%
Scientist49,600 HKD-15%
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Social Science Research Assistant31,300 HKD-46%
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Sociologist55,400 HKD-5%
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Statistician49,400 HKD-15%
Survey Analyst30,500 HKD-47%
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Team Leader47,100 HKD-19%
Technical Manager50,900 HKD-12%
Technical Officer22,400 HKD-61%
Technical Service Director66,200 HKD+14%
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist32,600 HKD-44%
Technical Services Research and Development Manager74,800 HKD+29%
Technical Services Research Coordinator35,800 HKD-38%
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Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
35,500 HKD
Public Sector+10%
39,200 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Data Scientist in Hong Kong?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 55,100 HKD and 63,300 HKD. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Data Scientist in Hong Kong is ranges from 44,600 HKD to 63,300 HKD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

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