SQL Developer Salary

Median pay for SQL Developers in the United States is around $69K per year. In the world of SQL Developers, overall income ranges from $43K near the bottom to $109K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most SQL Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all SQL Developers who answered the questionnnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,191 - $98,396

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$17.30 - $74.29

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,191 - $98,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,773  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $4,312  
Total Pay (?
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$43,360 - $108,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 826
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.30 - $74.29  
   
Overtime
$6.82 - $69.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,773  
   
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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$43,360 - $108,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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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At the upper end, SQL Developers who move into a Senior Database Administrator role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Database Administrators is a much higher $98K per year. 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. Most notably, skills in SQL Server Integration Services, .NET, SQL Server Reporting Services, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $80K on average — a distinctly larger sum. SQL Developers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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


For SQL Developers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. SQL Developers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


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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Microsoft SQL Server
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SSIS
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PL/SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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