Database Developer Salary

Median pay for Database Developers in the United States is around $72K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Database Developers spread between $46K and $110K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Database Developers survey respondents are men (75 percent). The majority of Database Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$46,624 - $98,547

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$14.95 - $79.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,624 - $98,547  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,080  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $8,500  
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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$45,625 - $110,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 841
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $79.93  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $63.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,080  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $8,500  
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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$45,625 - $110,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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. Given that the median pay is $67K, it may be surprising to find that a Database Administrator is the most common role for Database Developers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Business Intelligence Developer role — which pays $80K — is also typical for Database Developers, though less common by comparison.

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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 SQL Server Integration Services, PL/SQL, Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i, and ETL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. Most people familiar with Database Development also 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.


For Database Developers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $80K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $90K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Database Developers that is 47 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Database Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 19 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in San Diego and 9 percent less in Cleveland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Database Development
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Transact-SQL
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Oracle
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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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Database Management & Reporting
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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 152 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

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: 13%
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