The average Database Developer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $74K per year. Total cash compensation for Database Developers runs from $47K to $116K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Database Developers survey respondents are men (78 percent). Most Database Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$49,198 - $105,915
$49K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,878
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50%
90%

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$15.18 - $77.70
$15
$36
$78
MEDIAN: $35.91
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,198 - $105,915  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,985  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,757  
Total Pay (?
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$47,126 - $116,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $77.70  
   
Overtime
$1.86 - $74.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,985  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,757  
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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$47,126 - $116,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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

  • Interact with client representatives and business analyst to develop database solutions that meet business requirements.
  • Document work of operational responsibilities.
  • Support application of business intelligence and marketing automation solutions.
  • Support the database services in the design, delivery and operation of database solutions.

Common Career Paths for Database Developer


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Advancing into a Senior Database Developer role seems to be a popular career move for Database Developers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $98K per year. Going from Database Developer to Business Intelligence Developer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $80K. Many others choose to work as SQL Developers, where pay is typically $71K.

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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, ETL, and Database Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, and SQL. Most people experienced in 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. For Database Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $91K. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $103K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,222

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For Database Developers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Database Developers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Charlotte (+13 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Database Developer's salary, with Salt Lake City Database Developers earning salaries that are 33 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Los Angeles (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Database Developer

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Database Developer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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