What does a Senior Machine Learning Engineer do?

Machine learning engineers are the designers of self-running software that brings machines the ability to automate models that are predictive. They work with data scientists to take information and feed curated data into the models that they've uncovered or discovered. They use theoretical models within the data science sphere and build them out to scale as functioning and productive units or models that handle terabytes of real-time data.

Machine learning engineers also function as a bridge or intersection for software engineering and data science. They use the available big data tools to improve programming frameworks and to gather raw data from pipelines. They redefine raw data into data science models that are ready to scale. Some machine learning engineers design the software programs that control technological tools, including computers or robots. They can develop algorithms that allow machines to identify trends or patterns in their programming data and as a self-contained unit, and a machine can then teach itself to understand commands, or even to think for itself. Machine learning engineers need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related fields.

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EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Machine Learning Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$158,508 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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$137K
Median: $159K
$183K
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Senior Machine Learning Engineer Career Path

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AltaMLAltaML
Associate Machine Learning Developer
Aug 24, 2021

“People are really nice and helpful and they really want you to learn and grow your skills.”

Intel CorporationIntel Corporation
Deep Learning Intern
Jun 15, 2019

“I have just recently started as an intern and everyone is extremely nice and helpful.”

Fragma Data Systems
Artificial Intelligence Engineer
Jun 13, 2021

“I was fortunate enough to work at a project where you get a great exposure and learning experience”

SkymindSkymind
AI Engineer
Aug 22, 2021

“Little / none salary raise and absolutely in the dark what it takes for that to happen.”

EspressiveEspressive
Machine Learning Engineer
Apr 22, 2021

“3. One of the best engineering processes that integrates several cutting edge software development tools and best practices.”

DriftDrift
AI Conversation Designer
May 21, 2021

“My training was not helpful and the role is just really a bit of everything.”

Hudson River TradingHudson River Trading
Algorithm Developer
Oct 5, 2019

“Currently growing a decent amount which can be good or bad depending on what you're looking for.”

AvisoAviso
Machine Learning Intern
Sep 21, 2021

“This summer I had an amazing opportunity to intern at Aviso AI as a Machine Learning intern.”

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