A person working as a 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 salaries in Hong Kong range from 27,300 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 91,800 HKD per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 61,600 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Data Scientist(s) are earning less than 61,600 HKD while the other half are earning more than 61,600 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.
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 40,000 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 40,000 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Data Scientist(s) are earning less than 81,300 HKD while 25% are earning more than 81,300 HKD.
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
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.
A Data Scientist 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.
Additionally, Data Scientist(s) 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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+38%|
|5 - 10 Years||+42%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
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 of a Data Scientist 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.
A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 82,800 HKD per month, 33% more than someone with a Master's Degree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Hong Kong for the year 2021. 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.
A Data Scientist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|3D Lab Technologist||32,700 HKD||-44%|
|Algorithm Developer||45,800 HKD||-21%|
|Analytical Chemist||62,800 HKD||+8%|
|Assistant Breeder||22,200 HKD||-62%|
|Atmospheric and Space Scientist||65,100 HKD||+12%|
|Behavior Analyst||41,700 HKD||-28%|
|Behavior Intervention Specialist||45,900 HKD||-21%|
|Biofuels Processing Technician||27,300 HKD||-53%|
|Biofuels Production Manager||48,200 HKD||-17%|
|Biomedical Scientist||78,300 HKD||+35%|
|Chemical Engineer||34,700 HKD||-40%|
|Chemical Technologist||33,200 HKD||-43%|
|Chief Technologist||62,500 HKD||+8%|
|Climate Change Analyst||44,600 HKD||-23%|
|Clinical Laboratory Scientist||72,200 HKD||+24%|
|Computer Scientist||53,000 HKD||-9%|
|Conservation Scientist||62,100 HKD||+7%|
|Data Scientist||58,100 HKD||+0%|
|DNA Analyst||69,500 HKD||+20%|
|Economic Development Specialist||52,500 HKD||-10%|
|Food Scientist||48,900 HKD||-16%|
|Forensic Scientist||58,800 HKD||+1%|
|Formulation Technologist||27,000 HKD||-54%|
|Fraud Investigator||36,200 HKD||-38%|
|Genomics Scientist||73,800 HKD||+27%|
|Geographic Information Systems Technician||25,000 HKD||-57%|
|Geological Data Technician||24,600 HKD||-58%|
|Geological Technician||30,700 HKD||-47%|
|Geomatics Scientist||57,100 HKD||-2%|
|Geophysical Data Technician||23,100 HKD||-60%|
|Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist||53,400 HKD||-8%|
|Industrial Ecologist||52,600 HKD||-9%|
|Intelligence Analyst||44,400 HKD||-24%|
|Knowledge Management Specialist||36,500 HKD||-37%|
|Laboratory Manager||51,700 HKD||-11%|
|Laboratory Researcher||34,100 HKD||-41%|
|Laboratory Technician||22,300 HKD||-62%|
|Life Sciences Analyst||47,800 HKD||-18%|
|Life Scientist||57,100 HKD||-2%|
|Marine Architect||46,300 HKD||-20%|
|Marine Biologist||49,700 HKD||-14%|
|Marine Superintendent||28,900 HKD||-50%|
|Materials Analyst||31,700 HKD||-45%|
|Materials Scientist||54,300 HKD||-7%|
|Medical Scientist||75,800 HKD||+30%|
|Natural Language Processing Researcher||43,800 HKD||-25%|
|Natural Resource Specialist||39,700 HKD||-32%|
|Natural Sciences Manager||73,000 HKD||+26%|
|Nuclear Engineer||76,900 HKD||+32%|
|Physical Scientist||57,400 HKD||-1%|
|Political Scientist||54,400 HKD||-6%|
|Polygraph Examiner||19,100 HKD||-67%|
|Polysomnographic Technologist||32,500 HKD||-44%|
|Product Development Scientist||56,400 HKD||-3%|
|Quantitative Research Analyst||51,200 HKD||-12%|
|Quantitative Researcher||51,100 HKD||-12%|
|Radiation Protection Specialist||41,200 HKD||-29%|
|Refrigeration Technician||16,400 HKD||-72%|
|Research Scientist||49,800 HKD||-14%|
|Risk Safety Engineer||33,100 HKD||-43%|
|Scientific Photographer||31,200 HKD||-46%|
|Scientific Programmer||44,100 HKD||-24%|
|Service Engineer||32,700 HKD||-44%|
|Service Technician||21,500 HKD||-63%|
|Social Science Research Assistant||31,300 HKD||-46%|
|Social Scientist||57,700 HKD||-1%|
|Soil Scientist||46,500 HKD||-20%|
|Statistical Analyst||32,000 HKD||-45%|
|Statistical Assistant||23,300 HKD||-60%|
|Survey Analyst||30,500 HKD||-47%|
|Survey Researcher||28,300 HKD||-51%|
|Surveying and Mapping Technician||19,200 HKD||-67%|
|Team Leader||47,100 HKD||-19%|
|Technical Manager||50,900 HKD||-12%|
|Technical Officer||22,400 HKD||-61%|
|Technical Service Director||66,200 HKD||+14%|
|Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist||32,600 HKD||-44%|
|Technical Services Research and Development Manager||74,800 HKD||+29%|
|Technical Services Research Coordinator||35,800 HKD||-38%|
|Water Ecologist||60,300 HKD||+4%|
|Wildlife Biologist||49,100 HKD||-15%|
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.