Database Engineer Salary

Earnings for Database Engineers in the United States come in at around $80K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Database Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$51,469 - $120,301
(Median)
$51K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,442
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90%

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$16.11 - $80.71
(Median)
$16
$28
$81
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,469 - $120,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,030  
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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$50,233 - $122,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $80.71  
   
Overtime
$1.17 - $45.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,030  
   
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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$50,233 - $122,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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


Database Engineers only 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 23 percent and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For many Database Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median 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 $109K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $120K.

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Experience Affects Database Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%



National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Database Engineer Salaries

MySQL
up arrow 23%

up arrow 12%

SQL
0%

National Average
$81,000

Microsoft SQL Server
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Transact-SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%
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