SQL Developer Salary

An average SQL Developer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $68K 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 $108K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male SQL Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, SQL Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,837 - $97,915
(Median)
$44K
$68K
$98K
MEDIAN: $67,945
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$17.23 - $75.05
(Median)
$17
$39
$75
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
$43,837 - $97,915  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,763  
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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$43,001 - $107,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 803
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $75.05  
   
Overtime
$6.75 - $57.69  
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,763  
   
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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$43,001 - $107,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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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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Many SQL Developers move into a Senior Database Administrator role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $98K per year. 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, skills in SQL Server Reporting Services, .NET, C#, and SQL Server Integration Services are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, 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 $87K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, SQL Developers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. SQL Developers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+26 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Charlotte (+17 percent), and Irvine (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 10 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
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C#
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SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
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SSIS
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Database Management & Reporting
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Oracle SQL Developer
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Microsoft SQL Server
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PL/SQL
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Crystal Reports
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Data Analysis
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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National Average
$70,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

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: 56% employee benefits None: 15%