The average Performance Engineer in the United States earns approximately $89K per year. Total cash earnings of Performance Engineers range from $68K on the low end to $137K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $16K and $10K, respectively. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$66,427 - $127,531
$66K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,830
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90%

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$25.53 - $69.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,427 - $127,531  
   
Bonus
$1,977 - $16,000  
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
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$67,781 - $137,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$25.53 - $69.92  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,977 - $16,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $10,137  
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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$67,781 - $137,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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


Performance Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning, Apache JMeter, and Performance Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Python and Data Analysis, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $82K, 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 $113K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $124K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,102

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Performance Engineers, 50 percent above the national average. Performance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+47 percent), San Jose (+40 percent), Austin (+21 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). Performance Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Performance Engineers in Charlotte bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Indianapolis and 14 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Performance Engineer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries




National Average
$92,000


Skills That Affect Performance Engineer Salaries

Java
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Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning
0%

Apache JMeter
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National Average
$92,000




Python
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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