Database Engineer Salary

The average Database Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $80K annually. Experience level 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. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,565 - $120,224
(Median)
$51K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,321
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50%
90%

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$16.11 - $80.71
(Median)
$16
$28
$81
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,565 - $120,224  
   
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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$49,259 - $122,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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$49,259 - $122,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 22 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Transact-SQL. Most people who know Microsoft SQL Server also know PL/SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Engineer

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


Database Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $64K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $86K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $109K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $120K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 22%

up arrow 14%

SQL
0%

National Average
$81,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

Transact-SQL
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
31%
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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