Performance Engineer Salary

The average Performance Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $84K annually. Total cash compensation to Performance Engineers approaches anywhere from $64K on the lower end to $130K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,778 - $117,476
(Median)
$62K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,618
10%
50%
90%

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$39.15 - $69.18
(Median)
$39
$51
$69
MEDIAN: $51.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,778 - $117,476  
   
Bonus
$510 - $14,520  
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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$64,323 - $130,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$39.15 - $69.18  
   
Overtime
$27.51 - $48.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$510 - $14,520  
   
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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$64,323 - $130,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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


Performance Engineers who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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 pay less than market rate include Data Analysis. For most people, competency in LoadRunner indicates knowledge of Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning.

Pay by Experience Level for Performance Engineer

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $76K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $91K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $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 $103K.

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Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 16%


National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Performance Engineer Salaries

LoadRunner
up arrow 4%

Performance Analysis
up arrow 2%

Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning
0%

National Average
$89,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 9%
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