SQL Developer Salary

Average SQL Developers in the United States make around $70K annually. In the world of SQL Developers, total cash compensation can vary between $44K and $108K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $4K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Generally, women make up less than a third of all SQL Developers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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50%
90%

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Database Administrator. The latter position pays an average of $99K annually. As SQL Developers progress in their field, many go on to become Database Administrators. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $67K. Another common career choice for SQL Developers is to move into a Business Intelligence Developer role — this promotion usually pays $80K.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer


SQL Developers seem to wield many skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Visual Basic. Most people experienced in 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.


For SQL Developers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. SQL Developers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,100

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SQL Developers will find that Philadelphia offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 2 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

up arrow 11%

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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