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 $7K, overall incomes of Database Developers spread between $46K and $112K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Database Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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Database Developers who advance into the role of a Senior Database Developer are fairly uncommon. Senior Database Developers on average earn $98K per year. The most common promotion for Database Developers is a Database Administrator position, which usually brings in $67K a year. Another standard transition for Database Developers seeking advancement is to assume a Business Intelligence Developer role, where pay is often $80K.

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Popular Skills for Database Developer


Database Developers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Database Developers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $61K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. Database Developers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Database Developers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,396

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For those looking to make money, Database Developers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Database Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. 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
up arrow 1%

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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