Performance Engineer Salary

The average Performance Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $83K per year. In the world of Performance Engineers, overall income ranges from $64K near the bottom to $131K at the top; this can include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Performance Engineers are male. The majority of Performance Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$61,645 - $117,832

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$39.04 - $69.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,645 - $117,832  
   
Bonus
$509 - $13,477  
Profit Sharing
$760 - $6,500  
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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$64,146 - $130,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 383
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$39.04 - $69.32  
   
Overtime
$27.51 - $48.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$509 - $13,477  
   
Profit Sharing
$760 - $6,500  
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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$64,146 - $130,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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. Most notably, skills in LoadRunner, Performance Analysis, Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis. 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $77K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $91K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $105K. For some reason, Performance Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $101K.

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Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 15%


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 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 9%
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