SQL Developer Salary

Median pay for SQL Developers in the United States is around $69K annually. 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 is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male SQL Developers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most SQL Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,216 - $98,405
(Median)
$44K
$69K
$98K
MEDIAN: $69,238
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$17.35 - $74.08
(Median)
$17
$39
$74
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,216 - $98,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $4,312  
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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$43,365 - $109,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 821
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.35 - $74.08  
   
Overtime
$6.75 - $70.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $4,312  
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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$43,365 - $109,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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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. 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 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 23 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic. Most people 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of SQL Developers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $80K. SQL Developers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. SQL Developers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $92K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, SQL Developers in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. SQL Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+41 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries



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C#
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Database Management & Reporting
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SSIS
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Oracle SQL Developer
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PL/SQL
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Crystal Reports
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National Average
$71,000

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Data Analysis
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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