Database Developer Salary

Database Developers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $72K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $46K and hits $110K on the high end. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Database Developers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Database Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part.

$46,640 - $98,425
(Median)
$47K
$72K
$98K
MEDIAN: $72,138
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$15.12 - $79.79
(Median)
$15
$39
$80
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,640 - $98,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,087  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,635  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,785 - $110,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 829
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $79.79  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $63.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,635  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,785 - $110,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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Job Description for Database Developer

Database developers work in the IT department and are responsible for the development and maintenance of databases while following specific coding standards. They will often analyze current database procedures in order to develop comprehensive solutions to modernize, streamline and/or eliminate inefficient coding. This involves monitoring, troubleshooting and debugging databases to solve performance issues. Database developers also create ad-hoc scripts and cleanup scripts as needed. In addition, they deliver written reports reviewing current coding and make recommendations on changes that should be made to enhance performance. They also often collaborate with other members of a development team in order to give and receive feedback, and to develop the best solutions and procedures for the business.

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Database Developer Tasks

  • Support application of business intelligence and marketing automation solutions.
  • Support the database services in the design, delivery and operation of database solutions.
  • Interact with client representatives and business analyst to develop database solutions that meet business requirements.
  • Document work of operational responsibilities.

Common Career Paths for Database Developer


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Though it's uncommon, some Database Developers move into roles as Senior Database Developers, where pay is an average $98K per year. A Database Administrator role is the most common promotion for Database Developers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $67K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Database Developers is a Business Intelligence Developer position, where earnings are usually $80K.

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Popular Skills for Database Developer


Database Developers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in SQL Server Integration Services, PL/SQL, Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i, and ETL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. It is often found that people who know Database Development are also skilled in SQL and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Developer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Database Developers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $80K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $87K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $90K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Database Developers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Database Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. San Diego and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Database Developer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Database Developer Salaries

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
up arrow 8%

up arrow 7%

Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i
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Oracle
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Database Development
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Transact-SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$74,000

SQL
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C#
up arrow 4%

Database Management & Reporting
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Crystal Reports
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%
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