SQL Developer Salary

For SQL Developers, yearly average wages total $69K annually. Total cash compensation for SQL Developers runs from $43K to $109K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for SQL Developers is high. Generally, women make up less than a third of all SQL Developers who answered the questionnnaire. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,216 - $98,532
(Median)
$44K
$69K
$99K
MEDIAN: $69,177
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$17.38 - $73.97
(Median)
$17
$40
$74
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,216 - $98,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,778  
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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$43,398 - $109,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 821
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.38 - $73.97  
   
Overtime
$6.75 - $70.00  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,778  
   
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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$43,398 - $109,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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SQL Developers may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Database Administrator, where median compensation is $99K annually. More often than not, a Database Administrator role is the next step for SQL Developers moving up in the field. Pay for Database Administrators is usually $67K. Many SQL Developers choose to take on a Business Intelligence Developer role instead, where salaries are typically $80K.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer


Survey results imply that SQL Developers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Lucky workers who know SQL Server Integration Services can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. .NET and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 22 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic. Those educated in Microsoft SQL Server tend to be well versed in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for SQL Developer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. For SQL Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $88K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $93K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for SQL Developers that is 47 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. SQL Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+41 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries


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C#
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Database Management & Reporting
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SSIS
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Oracle SQL Developer
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PL/SQL
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$71,000

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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