Database Engineers in the United States take home approximately $78K per year on average. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Database Engineers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Database Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,491 - $126,523
(Median)
$52K
$78K
$130K
MEDIAN: $78,245
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90%

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$11.23 - $53.83
(Median)
$11
$32
$54
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,491 - $126,523  
   
Bonus
$977 - $10,850  
Profit Sharing
$1,650  
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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$52,201 - $133,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$977 - $10,850  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,650  
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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$52,201 - $133,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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 put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Oracle 11g, Data Warehouse, and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 26 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C# Programming Language, Transact-SQL, and MySQL. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Database Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $95K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $109K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $114K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Database Engineer Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Database Engineer Salaries

Oracle 11g
up arrow 43%

Data Warehouse
up arrow 26%

up arrow 24%

SQL
0%

National Average
$80,000


Data Mining / Data Warehouse
up arrow 7%

MySQL
up arrow 9%

Transact-SQL
up arrow 10%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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