Database Developer Salary

An average Database Developer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $72K annually. Overall incomes of Database Developers generally bottom out at around $46K and peak near $110K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Database Developers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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 enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,675 - $98,532
(Median)
$47K
$72K
$99K
MEDIAN: $72,011
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$15.12 - $78.41
(Median)
$15
$39
$78
MEDIAN: $38.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,675 - $98,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,093  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,696  
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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$45,813 - $109,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 822
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $78.41  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,093  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,696  
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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$45,813 - $109,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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It's not very common for Database Developers to move on to become Senior Database Developers. Average pay for a Senior Database Developer is $98K annually. Becoming a Database Administrator is, more often than not, the most common role that Database Developers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Database Administrator is $67K. Another frequent advance is for Database Developers to assume a Business Intelligence Developer role; in this role, workers often take home $80K.

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Popular Skills for Database Developer


Database Developers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in SQL Server Integration Services, Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i, PL/SQL, and ETL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. For most people, competency in Database Development indicates knowledge of SQL and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Developer

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


Database Developers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $60K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. Database Developers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $91K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Database Developers, 47 percent above the national average. Database Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers in San Diego and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 11 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)
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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#
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Crystal Reports
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 156 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
26%
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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