SQL Developer Salary (United States)

SQL Developers in the United States pull down an average of $68,648 annually. Compensation starts at $41,612 and can reach $104,802 per year. Total cash compensation runs from $42,928 to $96,703, including potential for up to $8,743 each from bonuses and profit sharing. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all SQL Developers. For the most part, SQL Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
SQL Developer Salary (?
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$42,928 - $96,703
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SQL Developer Salary (?
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$16.46 - $71.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,928 - $96,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,743  
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $4,132  
Total Pay (?
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$41,612 - $104,802  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 733
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$16.46 - $71.96  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $58.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,743  
   
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $4,132  
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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$41,612 - $104,802  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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 may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Senior Database Administrator (DBA) position may earn an additional $29K per year.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer

SQL Developers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in .NET, C#, Transact-SQL, and SSIS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic (VB) and ETL (Extract, transform, load). Most people experienced in 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Starting out, salaries fall in the $58K range but grow to $77K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $85K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years in the field, SQL Developers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, most land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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National Average
$69,000
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Home to some of the best pay for SQL Developers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 47 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Charlotte, Dallas, Irvine, and Denver, where SQL Developers typically earn around 23 percent, 18 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent more than usual. In Chicago, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (-6 percent) and Boston (-1 percent).

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries

Late-Career
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Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries

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Data Analysis
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$69,000
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%
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