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SQL Developer Salary (United States)

SQL Developers in the United States pull down an average of $66K annually. With some bonuses approaching $9K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of SQL Developers spread between $42K and $105K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most SQL Developers are men (76 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most SQL Developers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
SQL Developer Salary (?
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$42,928 - $96,703
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MEDIAN: $66,443
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SQL Developer Salary (?
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$16.46 - $71.96
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$42,928 - $96,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,743  
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $4,132  
Total Pay (?
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$41,612 - $104,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 733
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.46 - $71.96  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $58.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,743  
   
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $4,132  
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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$41,612 - $104,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Job Description for SQL Developer

A SQL developer, also known as a structured query language developer, supports custom web application development. They implement changes using tables, stored procedures, views, and indexes. They must collaborate with teams and lead developers on code reviews and process enhancement. They also may train staff on SQL coding.
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SQL Developer Tasks
  • Write, modify, and debug software.
  • Design and develop application components.
  • Test and document software.
  • Analyze requirements and transform them into technical designs.

Common Career Paths for SQL Developer

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As SQL Developers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Database Administrator, they may see a strong upturn in salary. a Senior Database Administrator typically earns $98K per year.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in .NET, C#, Transact-SQL, and SSIS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic and ETL. For most people, competency in Microsoft SQL Server indicates knowledge of SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for SQL Developer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
SQL Developers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $58K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $76K. After working for 10 to 20 years, SQL Developers make a median salary of $85K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $94K on average. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a fair portion of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just over a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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National Average
$69,000
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For those looking to make money, SQL Developers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. SQL Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+23 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Irvine (+17 percent), and Denver (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Philadelphia and 1 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

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C#
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SSIS
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Oracle SQL Developer
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Microsoft SQL Server
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PL/SQL
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Data Analysis
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Database Management & Reporting
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Crystal Reports
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National Average
$69,000
SQL
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%