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Database Developer Salary

Median pay for Database Developers in the United States is around $71K per year. Total cash compensation for Database Developers runs from $46K to $108K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Database Developers who answered the questionnnaire. Most Database Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,571 - $98,121
(Median)
$47K
$71K
$98K
MEDIAN: $71,486
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$15.15 - $75.68
(Median)
$15
$39
$76
MEDIAN: $39.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,571 - $98,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,107  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,027  
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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$45,624 - $108,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 771
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $75.68  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $63.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,027  
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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$45,624 - $108,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133

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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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Database Developers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Database Developer. The latter position pays an average of $98K annually. Going from Database Developer to Database Administrator is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Database Administrators is $67K. Many others choose to work as Business Intelligence Developers, where pay is typically $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 PL/SQL, Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i, Oracle, and ETL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. Those familiar with Database Development also tend to know 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 lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $59K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $80K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Database Developers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


For Database Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Database Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 17 percent below the national average. Workers in San Diego and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Database Developer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Database Developer Salaries

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Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i
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Database Development
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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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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SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
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Database Management & Reporting
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Crystal Reports
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%