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Performance Engineer Salary

Performance Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $84K annually. Total cash compensation for Performance Engineers runs from $61K to $129K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$59,147 - $116,310
(Median)
$59K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,900
10%
50%
90%

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$39.73 - $67.50
(Median)
$40
$51
$68
MEDIAN: $50
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,147 - $116,310  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $14,594  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $6,840  
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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$61,265 - $129,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$39.73 - $67.50  
   
Overtime
$27.51 - $66.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$489.36 - $14,594  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $6,840  
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).
)
$61,265 - $129,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Job Description for Performance Engineer

A performance engineer ensures that their organization's products work as promised. Their main goal is to identify any issues that would cause the product to not work as described and subsequently help resolve those issues. They are involved in the design, implementation, and operation stages of product development. During each phase of the project, the performance engineer must identify potential problems; this is not limited to issues that might occur in manufacturing, usage, and repair - it also includes testing the product under normal usage conditions to ensure it will last for the advertised life cycle. Performance engineers are also responsible for testing the system in ways it was not designed for, ensuring the system can withstand the wear and tear of consumer usage. This includes running cycle life tests to ensure that the product will remain in the same working condition until it has become old or obsolete.

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Performance Engineer Tasks

  • Collaborate with senior engineers to review performance and trends with vendors.
  • Develop and conduct performance and stress tests, and analyze data.
  • Monitor and report on day to day network performance.
  • Isolate performance issues, and recommend and implement solutions.

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Popular Skills for Performance Engineer


Survey takers who work as Performance Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with LoadRunner, Performance Analysis, and Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people skilled in LoadRunner are similarly competent in Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning.

Pay by Experience Level for Performance Engineer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $72K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $91K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $102K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $104K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%



National Average
$89,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Performance Engineer Salaries

LoadRunner
up arrow 4%

Performance Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$89,000

Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 9%