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Database Developer Salary (United States)

The average Database Developer in the United States earns approximately $72K per year. Overall cash earnings of Database Developers stretch from $46K near the bottom to $110K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location and career duration 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. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Database Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Database Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Database Developer Salary (?
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$46,929 - $99,595
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MEDIAN: $71,891
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Database Developer Salary (?
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$15.07 - $74.50
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,929 - $99,595  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,215  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$45,781 - $109,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.07 - $74.50  
   
Overtime
$1.55 - $66.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,215  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
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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$45,781 - $109,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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 tend not to experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Business Intelligence Developer. That job pays about the same on average.

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Popular Skills for Database Developer

Database Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Oracle, PL/SQL, Database Development, and Transact-SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, and FileMaker Pro. The majority of those who know 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $60K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $79K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. Database Developers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$74,000
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Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Database Developers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Database Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Bellevue (+10 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Database Developers in Salt Lake City earning a whopping 32 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (19 percent lower) and Austin (17 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Database Developer Salaries

National Average
$74,000

Skills That Affect Database Developer Salaries

PL/SQL
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Oracle
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Database Development
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Transact-SQL
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i
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National Average
$74,000
ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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SQL
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C#
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.NET
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FileMaker Pro
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Crystal Reports
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%