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Database Engineer Salary

Database Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $79K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Database Engineers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$50,942 - $119,002
(Median)
$51K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,932
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90%

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$13.79 - $79.52
(Median)
$14
$31
$80
MEDIAN: $31.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,942 - $119,002  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,176  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $2,225  
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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$49,983 - $121,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.79 - $79.52  
   
Overtime
$0.07 - $54.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,176  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $2,225  
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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$49,983 - $121,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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Job Description for Database Engineer

  • Monitor databases and apply patches, execute scripts, and create backups to ensure access and the consistency of data.
  • Support and maintain software to interface with databases.
  • Install, upgrade, and maintain databases.
  • Document database schemas and models, including functions, tables, and stored procedures as well as data dictionaries.

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Popular Skills for Database Engineer


Survey takers who work as Database Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with MySQL and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Transact-SQL. Most people experienced in Microsoft SQL Server also know PL/SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Database Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $64K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $85K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $107K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $123K.

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Experience Affects Database Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%



National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Database Engineer Salaries

MySQL
up arrow 22%

up arrow 15%

SQL
0%

National Average
$81,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

Transact-SQL
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%