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Performance Engineer Salary

Performance Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $84K per year. Final cash compensation to Performance Engineers varies from around $63K to approximately $131K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $7K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Performance Engineers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$60,961 - $118,066
(Median)
$61K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,765
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90%

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$38.92 - $69.10
(Median)
$39
$51
$69
MEDIAN: $50
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,961 - $118,066  
   
Bonus
$502 - $14,626  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $6,698  
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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$63,140 - $130,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 358
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$38.92 - $69.10  
   
Overtime
$28.00 - $65.00  
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
$502 - $14,626  
   
Profit Sharing
$961 - $6,698  
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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$63,140 - $130,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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 results show that Performance Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in LoadRunner, Performance Analysis, Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis. 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $75K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $91K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $105K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $103K on average.

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Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 16%


National Average
$88,000


Skills That Affect Performance Engineer Salaries

LoadRunner
up arrow 4%

Performance Analysis
up arrow 2%

Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning
0%

National Average
$88,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 9%
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