Performance Engineer Salary

Performance Engineers in the United States take home an average $86K annually. Total cash compensation to Performance Engineers bottoms out near $66K and approaches $136K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $13K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Male Performance Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Performance Engineers is high. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$63,997 - $126,063
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$64K
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MEDIAN: $86,104
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$27.09 - $69.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,997 - $126,063  
   
Bonus
$800 - $15,298  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $12,723  
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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$65,863 - $136,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.09 - $69.90  
   
Overtime
$40.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$800 - $15,298  
   
Profit Sharing
$776 - $12,723  
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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$65,863 - $136,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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 Employer Salaries for Performance Engineer


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Verizon Wireless, where the median salary is just $76K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $132K.

Popular Skills for Performance Engineer


Performance Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Apache JMeter, LoadRunner, Performance Analysis, and Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis. Those proficient in LoadRunner are, more often than not, 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.


For many Performance Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $79K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $93K on average. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $108K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,615

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Performance Engineers in Santa Clara receive some of the highest pay in the country. Performance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+48 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Charlotte (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. New York and Milford are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$91,000


Skills That Affect Performance Engineer Salaries

LoadRunner
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Apache JMeter
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Performance Analysis
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National Average
$91,000

Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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