According a survey from salary benchmarking website Emolument, data scientists with an average of six years of experience earned a median salary of £53,000, making the role the fifth best paid job within the sector.
The demand for data scientists has been driven by large accountancy and financial services firms.
Only enterprise architecture and product management, both with a median salary of £65,000, IT security (£59,000) and project management (£58,000) command a higher salary, however, all four of these professions needed at least 10 years of experience to reach those salaries, with enterprise architects taking an average of 14 years to reach their median salary
Business analysis came in sixth position with a median salary of £50,000 for those with ten years of experience.
Perhaps surprisingly, given the hype over digital marketing, roles in that sector command the lowest salaries of the lot, at £34,000 for six years' experience.
Emolument co-founder and chief marketing officer Alice Leguay said: “Nowadays, experienced developers can name their price as companies struggle to meet demand, and desperately require more bandwidth.
"The good news though is that these jobs are based on competencies which can be acquired independently from a university degree, either on the job or through online courses, which means that doors remain open for professionals to move from one specialism to the next, thereby keeping up with trends and demand. An exciting new outlook for personal development."