Performance Engineer Salary

An average Performance Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $90K per year. Total cash earnings of Performance Engineers range from $67K on the low end to $136K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $17K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career duration and the specific company. For the most part, Performance Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,651 - $126,524
$66K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,469
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$24.85 - $68.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,651 - $126,524  
   
Bonus
$1,192 - $17,114  
Profit Sharing
$30.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$66,599 - $135,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$24.85 - $68.49  
   
Overtime
$40.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,192 - $17,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$30.00 - $10,000  
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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$66,599 - $135,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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

  • Monitor and report on day to day network performance.
  • Isolate performance issues, and recommend and implement solutions.
  • Collaborate with senior engineers to review performance and trends with vendors.
  • Develop and conduct performance and stress tests, and analyze data.

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Popular Skills for Performance Engineer


Survey results suggest that Performance Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Java, Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning, Apache JMeter, and Performance Analysis 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

Pay by Experience for a Performance Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Performance Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 133 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Performance Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 152 salaries. An experienced Performance Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 105 salaries. A Performance Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,370

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

For those looking to make money, Performance Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Performance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+43 percent), San Jose (+37 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Performance Engineer's salary, with Charlotte Performance Engineers earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Employers in Columbus and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Performance Engineer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries

▲33%

▲17%

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National Average
$94,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Performance Engineer Salaries

Java
▲4%



National Average
$94,000


▼3%


Python
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 9%
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