Database Engineer Salary

Database Engineers in the United States take home an average $80K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Database Engineers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,447 - $120,070

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$16.11 - $80.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,447 - $120,070  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,008  
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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$50,403 - $122,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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 - $10,008  
   
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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$50,403 - $122,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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


Survey results imply that Database Engineers put a diverse skill set 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 13 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


For many Database Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $85K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $109K. Database Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $120K.

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Experience Affects Database Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%



National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Database Engineer Salaries

MySQL
up arrow 23%

up arrow 13%

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%
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