SQL Developer Salary (United States)

Pay for SQL Developers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $68,648 per year. Pay starts at $41,612 and can approach $104,802 per year on the higher side. Incomes of SQL Developers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $8,743 cause pay checks to spread between $41,612 on the low end and $104,802 on the high end. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most SQL Developers are men (76 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most SQL Developers. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
SQL Developer Salary (?
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$42,928 - $96,703
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MEDIAN: $66,443
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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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$0$25$50$75
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 experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Senior Database Administrator (DBA) may bring in a lot more money — an additional $29K annually.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer

SQL Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic (VB) and ETL (Extract, transform, load). 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.
For many but not all SQL Developers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries start at $58K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $85K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, SQL Developers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $100K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Denver
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Phoenix
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National Average
$69,000
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for SQL Developers, 47 percent higher than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Charlotte, Dallas, Irvine, and Denver, top-paying markets where SQL Developers rake in more than the national norm (+23 percent, +18 percent, +17 percent, and +16 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Employers in Philadelphia and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-6 percent and -1 percent, respectively).

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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

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

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 165 votes.

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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