Senior Database Developer Salary

Slightly more than half of Senior Database Developers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $77K to $129K per year, and the average comes out to $96K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Senior Database Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Database Developers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,424 - $123,358
$74K
$96K
$120K
MEDIAN: $95,627
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$40.41 - $79.19
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MEDIAN: $59.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,424 - $123,358  
   
Bonus
$2,318 - $17,273  
Profit Sharing
$4,069  
Total Pay (?
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$76,803 - $129,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 235
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$40.41 - $79.19  
   
Overtime
$90.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,318 - $17,273  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,069  
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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$76,803 - $129,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Senior Database Developer

Senior database developers are responsible for creating, managing, and coding databases and their features, as well as leading a group of database developers to define functionality, create concepts, and brainstorm the technology that is best suited to the project at hand. Strong interpersonal skills are important in this position to manage a team and resolve technical issues as necessary, and they typically work in an office environment and use a personal computer to complete database tasks such as designing according to company needs, writing scripts for execution, and debugging code. They must work well with other developers in a team setting to create databases in a timely manner, but also on their own with minimal supervision.

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Senior Database Developer Tasks

  • Develops database schema to carry out the goals of the business.
  • Educates development team members on the database structures and how to develop efficient query code.
  • Support application of business intelligence and marketing automation solutions.

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Popular Skills for Senior Database Developer


Survey takers working as Senior Database Developers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Warehouse, Oracle, PL/SQL, and Business Intelligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include MySQL, Transact-SQL, and Database Architecture. Those familiar with Microsoft SQL Server also tend to know ETL (Extract, transform, load).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Database Developer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $89K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $95K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $106K. Senior Database Developers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,923

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Database Developers, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Database Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+21 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Salt Lake City (+16 percent), and Irvine (+12 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Boston (16 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Database Developer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Senior Database Developer Salaries

▲8%

▲7%

National Average
$99,000

▼4%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Senior Database Developer Salaries

Data Warehouse
▲16%

▲6%

▲6%

Business Intelligence
▲4%



Microsoft SQL Server
▼0%

SQL
▼0%

National Average
$99,000



Database Architecture
▼4%

C#
▼4%

C# Programming Language
▼4%

Transact-SQL
▼6%

MySQL
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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