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Database Engineer Salary (United States)

Database Engineers in the United States take home an average $77K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Database Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Database Engineer Salary (?
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$50,243 - $114,704
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MEDIAN: $77,418
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Database Engineer Salary (?
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$13.68 - $80.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,243 - $114,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,384  
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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$48,573 - $119,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $80.14  
   
Overtime
$0.07 - $54.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,384  
   
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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$48,573 - $119,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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 results suggest that Database Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with MySQL and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Transact-SQL. For most people, competency in Microsoft SQL Server indicates knowledge of PL/SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Database Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K. 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 $123K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Salt Lake City
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New York
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Boston
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National Average
$80,000
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With a pay rate for Database Engineers that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Database Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Salt Lake City (+9 percent) and New York (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Database Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$80,000

Skills That Affect Database Engineer Salaries

MySQL
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$80,000
Transact-SQL
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%