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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. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most SQL Developers survey respondents are men (78 percent). For the most part, SQL Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,979 - $98,194
(Median)
$44K
$69K
$98K
MEDIAN: $68,722
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$17.38 - $73.97
(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
$43,979 - $98,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,814  
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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$43,139 - $108,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 810
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
$17.38 - $73.97  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,814  
   
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).
)
$43,139 - $108,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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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 it's uncommon, some SQL Developers move into roles as Senior Database Administrators, where pay is an average $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 seem to wield many 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, 22 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic and ETL. Those familiar with Microsoft SQL Server also tend to know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for SQL Developer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of SQL Developers. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $79K. SQL Developers bring in $88K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 SQL Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. SQL Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and Irvine (+13 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
up arrow 26%


up arrow 17%

C#
up arrow 16%


Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 4%

SSIS
up arrow 4%

Oracle SQL Developer
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

PL/SQL
up arrow 1%

Crystal Reports
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$71,000

SQL
up arrow 2%

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 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
21%
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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