SQL Developer Salary

An average SQL Developer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $72K annually. Cash earnings for SQL Developers — including $9K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $45K to $106K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is enjoyable for SQL Developers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,488 - $100,321
$47K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,844
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$18.14 - $59.01
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$59
MEDIAN: $33.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,488 - $100,321  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,751  
Profit Sharing
$475.00 - $3,700  
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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$45,337 - $105,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 829
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.14 - $59.01  
   
Overtime
$20.13 - $64.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,751  
   
Profit Sharing
$475.00 - $3,700  
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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$45,337 - $105,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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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

  • Test and document software.
  • Analyze requirements and transform them into technical designs.
  • Write, modify, and debug software.
  • Design and develop application components.

Common Career Paths for SQL Developer


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SQL Developers sometimes assume positions such as Senior Database Administrators. That role pays $100K per year on average. As SQL Developers progress in their field, many go on to become Business Intelligence Developers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $81K per year. Another common career choice for SQL Developers is to move into a Database Administrator role. Typically, Database Administrators get paid $67K.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer


SQL Developers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C#, SQL Server Integration Services, C# Programming Language, and SQL Server Reporting Services are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Crystal Reports, Data Analysis, and SQL. Those familiar with Microsoft SQL Server also tend to know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for SQL Developer

Pay by Experience for a SQL Developer has a positive trend. An entry-level SQL Developer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 601 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A SQL Developer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 396 salaries. An experienced SQL Developer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 175 salaries. A SQL Developer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

21%

16%

15%

14%

5%

-1%

-1%

-11%

-17%

National Average: $72,482

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

Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for SQL Developers, 21 percent above the national average. SQL Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+20 percent), New York (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Charlotte (+14 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (12 percent lower) and Miami (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for SQL Developer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries

▲26%

▲22%

▲12%

National Average
$72,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 17%