I have a bunch of folders and files in /usr/local/bin/data that I want to tar.gz.

I have a bash script that sets the source folder to backup src='/usr/local/bin/data/*

When I open up the .tar.gz file, it shows me the folder usr, then local, then bin, then data, etc..

How can I have it tar just the files/folders starting in /data/?

Try using the -C option in Tar:

tar -C /usr/local/bin/ -cvzf foo.tar.gz data

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