The average SQL Developer in the United States earns approximately $71K annually. Total cash earnings of SQL Developers range from $45K on the low end to $108K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $5K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men make up the vast majority of SQL Developers (81 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,726 - $100,240
(Median)
$47K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,227
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$19.50 - $60.61
(Median)
$19
$39
$61
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,726 - $100,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,727  
Profit Sharing
$456.15 - $4,932  
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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$45,444 - $107,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 812
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.50 - $60.61  
   
Overtime
$10.52 - $64.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,727  
   
Profit Sharing
$456.15 - $4,932  
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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$45,444 - $107,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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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 some SQL Developers move into positions like Senior Database Administrator (where the average salary is $99K), this progression is not the norm. As SQL Developers progress in their field, many go on to become Business Intelligence Developers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $80K per year. Another common career choice for SQL Developers is to move into a Database Administrator role. Typically, Database Administrators get paid $67K.

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Popular Skills for SQL Developer


Survey results imply that SQL Developers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C# Programming Language, SQL Server Integration Services, C#, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and SQL. 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.


SQL Developers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $63K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. SQL Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $90K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,489

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for SQL Developers, 25 percent higher than the national average. SQL Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+24 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), Nashville (+16 percent), and New York (+15 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for SQL Developers is geography, with workers in Austin earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Miami and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 14 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects SQL Developer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect SQL Developer Salaries


C#
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Transact-SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Database Management & Reporting
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National Average
$72,000

PL/SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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SQL
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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