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Database Engineer Salary

The average Database Engineer in the United States earns approximately $79K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Most Database Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,658 - $120,301
(Median)
$51K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,158
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90%

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$13.79 - $79.52
(Median)
$14
$30
$80
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,658 - $120,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,084  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $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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$49,657 - $122,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,084  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $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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$49,657 - $122,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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

  • 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Those familiar with Microsoft SQL Server also tend to know PL/SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Database Engineers. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $64K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $85K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $111K on average. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $123K.

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Experience Affects Database Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%



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 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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