Database Developer Salary

Average Database Developers in the United States make around $72K annually. Total cash compensation to Database Developers bottoms out near $46K and approaches $112K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Database Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Database Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$46,640 - $100,194
(Median)
$47K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,371
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$15.32 - $80.81
(Median)
$15
$39
$81
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 - $100,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,048  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,904  
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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$45,768 - $111,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 926
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $80.81  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $66.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,904  
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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$45,768 - $111,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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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While not commonly seen, Database Developers who transition into a Senior Database Developer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Database Developers is $98K per year. The most common career progression for Database Developers leads to becoming a Database Administrator, where pay is typically $67K. However, many Database Developers also opt to become Business Intelligence Developers, a position that pays $80K on average.

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Popular Skills for Database Developer


Survey takers working as Database Developers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i, SQL Server Integration Services, PL/SQL, and ETL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. Those proficient in Database Development are, more often than not, 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. For Database Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $88K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,396

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Database Developers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Database Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (6 percent lower) and Los Angeles (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Database Developer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Database Developer Salaries



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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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National Average
$74,000

Data Analysis
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C#
up arrow 2%

Database Management & Reporting
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SQL
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Crystal Reports
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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