Database Engineer Salary

Median pay for Database Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $77K annually. Career duration 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. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Database Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,229 - $123,366
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$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,889
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,229 - $123,366  
   
Bonus
$982 - $11,234  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Total Pay (?
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$51,784 - $128,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $50.00  
   
Overtime
$44.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$982 - $11,234  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$51,784 - $128,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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

  • 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 suggest that Database Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Oracle 11g, PL/SQL, and Data Warehouse are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 48 percent, 29 percent, and 28 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C# Programming Language, MySQL, and Transact-SQL. It is often found that people who know Microsoft SQL Server are also skilled in PL/SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Engineer

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


Database Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $94K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $111K. Database Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $113K.

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Key Stats for Database Engineer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Database Engineer Salaries

▲44%

▲42%

▲20%

National Average
$78,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Database Engineer Salaries

Oracle 11g
▲48%

▲29%

Data Warehouse
▲28%

SQL
▼0%

National Average
$78,000


Data Mining / Data Warehouse
▼5%

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
▼8%

Transact-SQL
▼11%

MySQL
▼11%

C# Programming Language
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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