Database Engineer Salary

Earnings for Database Engineers in the United States come in at around $80K annually on average. In the world of Database Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $21K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $52K and $124K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Database Engineers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,112 - $120,615
(Median)
$52K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,817
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$17.75 - $82.36
(Median)
$18
$26
$82
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,112 - $120,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,955  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $20,553  
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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$52,164 - $123,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$17.75 - $82.36  
   
Overtime
$38.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,955  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $20,553  
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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$52,164 - $123,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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. Lucky workers who know Oracle 11g can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Data Warehouse and MySQL are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 23 percent and 32 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Transact-SQL and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people skilled in Microsoft SQL Server are similarly competent in 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $89K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $110K. 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 $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

Oracle 11g
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MySQL
up arrow 23%

Data Warehouse
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SQL
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National Average
$81,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

Transact-SQL
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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