R skills attract the highest salaries

February 11, 2014

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Two recent salary surveys have shown that R language skills attract median salaries in excess of $110,000 in the United States. 

In the 2014 Dice Tech Salary Survey of over 17,000 technology professionals, the highest-paid IT skill was R programming. While big-data skills in general featured strongly in the top tier, having R at the top of the list reflects the strong demand for skills to make sense of, and extract value from big data.

Dice Salary Survey 2014

Similarly, the recent O'Reilly Data Scientist Survey also found R skills amongst those that pay in the $110,000-$125,000 range (albeit amongst a much smaller and specialized sample of respondents).

OReilly Data Scientist Survey

The reports also show that IT wages in general are rising at around 3% per year, largely due to increased demand. You can download the full reports at the links below.

Dice: 2014 Dice Tech Salary Survey Report 

O'Reilly Media: 2013 Data Science Salary Survey

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