SQL Developer Salary

Earnings for SQL Developers in the United States come in at around $70K annually on average. Total cash compensation to SQL Developers approaches anywhere from $44K on the lower end to $108K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all SQL Developers who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of SQL Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,777 - $98,485
(Median)
$45K
$70K
$98K
MEDIAN: $70,217
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$18.99 - $70.02
(Median)
$19
$39
$70
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,777 - $98,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,586  
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $4,249  
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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$44,191 - $108,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 965
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.99 - $70.02  
   
Overtime
$6.96 - $68.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,586  
   
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $4,249  
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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$44,191 - $108,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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SQL Developers who go on to become Senior Database Administrators may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Database Administrators is $99K annually. Becoming a Database Administrator is, more often than not, the most common role that SQL Developers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Database Administrator is $67K. Another frequent advance is for SQL Developers to assume a Business Intelligence Developer role; in this role, workers often take home $80K.

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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#, SQL Server Reporting Services, and SQL Server Integration Services are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Visual Basic. The majority of those who know Microsoft SQL Server also know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for SQL Developer

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


SQL Developers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, SQL Developers make a median salary of $87K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,100

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

For SQL Developers, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. SQL Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+37 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 2 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

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C#
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Transact-SQL
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Database Management & Reporting
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PL/SQL
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SSIS
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Crystal Reports
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National Average
$72,000

SQL
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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