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SQL Developer Salary

SQL Developers in the United States pull down an average of $69K per year. Cash earnings for SQL Developers — including $10K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $43K to $109K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most SQL Developers survey respondents are men (78 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for SQL Developers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,064 - $98,346
(Median)
$44K
$69K
$98K
MEDIAN: $68,873
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$17.35 - $74.08
(Median)
$17
$40
$74
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,064 - $98,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,792  
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $4,266  
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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$43,190 - $109,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 805
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.35 - $74.08  
   
Overtime
$6.82 - $57.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,792  
   
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $4,266  
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).
)
$43,190 - $109,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, SQL Developers sometimes become Senior Database Administrators, where the average income is $98K per year. Going from SQL Developer to Business Intelligence Developer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $80K. Many others choose to work as Database Administrators, where pay is typically $67K.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer


SQL Developers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), and .NET are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 23 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic and ETL. Most people skilled in Microsoft SQL Server are similarly competent in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for SQL Developer

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


For many SQL Developers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $79K. SQL Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $88K. SQL Developers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


SQL Developers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. SQL Developers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and Charlotte (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
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up arrow 17%

C#
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Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 4%

SSIS
up arrow 3%

Oracle SQL Developer
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
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PL/SQL
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Crystal Reports
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Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$71,000

SQL
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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