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SQL Developer Salary (United States)

An average SQL Developer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $67K per year. Total cash compensation to SQL Developers approaches anywhere from $42K on the lower end to $106K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Generally, women make up less than a third of all SQL Developers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction for SQL Developers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
SQL Developer Salary (?
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$43,104 - $97,592
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MEDIAN: $67,345
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SQL Developer Salary (?
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$16.42 - $74.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,104 - $97,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,651  
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $4,118  
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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$41,847 - $106,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 754
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.42 - $74.24  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $58.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,651  
   
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $4,118  
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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$41,847 - $106,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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 transition into an upper level Senior Database Administrator role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $98K per year.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer

Survey results imply that SQL Developers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in SQL Server Reporting Services, .NET, C#, and Transact-SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic. Most people familiar with 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.
SQL Developers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $59K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $77K. SQL Developers see a median salary of $86K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $95K.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Denver
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Tampa
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Seattle
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Portland
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Phoenix
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National Average
$69,000
Chicago
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Boston
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For SQL Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. SQL Developers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+23 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Irvine (+16 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Salt Lake City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Boston and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 2 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
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C#
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SSIS
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Oracle SQL Developer
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PL/SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Database Management & Reporting
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Data Analysis
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Crystal Reports
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National Average
$69,000
SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
32%
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%