Performance Engineer Salary

An average Performance Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $86K annually. Cash earnings for Performance Engineers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing — stretch from around $66K to approximately $136K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Most Performance Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Performance Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$63,997 - $126,063
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$64K
$86K
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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


Bringing up the rear, Verizon Wireless' median pay of $76K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $132K.

Popular Skills for Performance Engineer


Typical Performance Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Apache JMeter, LoadRunner, Performance Analysis, and Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis. The majority of those who know LoadRunner also know Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning.

Pay by Experience Level for Performance Engineer

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


Performance Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $79K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $93K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $108K on average. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,615

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

For Performance Engineers, Santa Clara provides a pay rate that is 49 percent greater than the national average. 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). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in New York and Milford (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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