Database Engineer Salary

Earnings for Database Engineers in the United States come in at around $78K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. There are far more male Database Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Database Engineers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,833 - $122,739
$53K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,193
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$13.00 - $57.39
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MEDIAN: $31.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,833 - $122,739  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $10,665  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$52,747 - $126,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $57.39  
   
Overtime
$44.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $10,665  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$52,747 - $126,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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Job Description for Database Engineer

A database engineer creates and manages databases for a company or organization. This involves designing and building databases to suit a purpose. The database engineer must also install and configure the database. The database engineer must make sure that the databases are secure and that they function properly.

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Database Engineer Tasks

  • Install, upgrade, and maintain databases.
  • Document database schemas and models, including functions, tables, and stored procedures as well as data dictionaries.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Database Engineer


Database Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Oracle 11g, PL/SQL, and Data Warehouse are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 30 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like MySQL, C# Programming Language, and Transact-SQL. Those familiar with Microsoft SQL Server also tend to know PL/SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Database Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Database Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 109 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Database Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 58 salaries. An experienced Database Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 45 salaries. A Database Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 15 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,833

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 48 percent, Database Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Database Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+35 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Salt Lake City (+8 percent).

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Key Stats for Database Engineer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Database Engineer Salaries

▲42%

▲36%

▲18%

National Average
$80,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Database Engineer Salaries

▲45%

▲30%

Data Warehouse
▲25%

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
▼0%

National Average
$80,000

SQL
▼2%


SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
▼3%

Data Mining / Data Warehouse
▼7%

Transact-SQL
▼12%

C# Programming Language
▼13%

MySQL
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%
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