The average Performance Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $89K annually. Cash earnings for Performance Engineers — including $18K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $68K to $138K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Men account for the majority of Performance Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$66,297 - $128,316
(Median)
$66K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,564
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$25.68 - $69.70
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$26
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$70
MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,297 - $128,316  
   
Bonus
$1,954 - $17,838  
Profit Sharing
$29.36 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$68,145 - $137,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$25.68 - $69.70  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,954 - $17,838  
   
Profit Sharing
$29.36 - $10,213  
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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$68,145 - $137,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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


Performance Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning, Performance Analysis, Apache JMeter, and LoadRunner are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Python and Data Analysis as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know LoadRunner are also skilled 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Performance Engineers. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $82K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $93K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $112K. Performance Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,982

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For Performance Engineers, busy Santa Clara offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Performance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+40 percent), Austin (+25 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). Performance Engineers in Charlotte make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Indianapolis and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries




National Average
$92,000


Skills That Affect Performance Engineer Salaries

Performance Analysis
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$92,000

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Python
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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