Average Data Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Data Engineer is $91,845.
MEDIAN $91,845
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$64k - $132k
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$2k - $30k
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$64k - $141k

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Job Description for Data Engineer

Data Engineer Tasks
  • Develop technical solutions to improve access to data and data usage.
  • Understand data needs and advise company on technological resources.
  • Aggregate and analyze various data sets to provide actionable insight.
  • Develop reports, dashboards, and tools for business-users.
The top respondents for the job title Data Engineer are from the companies Amazon.com Inc, Capital One Financial Corp and Facebook Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Facebook Inc where the average pay is $122,465. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Amazon.com Inc and Capital One Financial Corp, earning around $109,852 and $96,388, respectively. Fidelity Investments pays the lowest at around $66,940. UnitedHealth Group and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $77,500 and $80,422, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Data Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Data Engineer
Data Architect
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Data Engineer

Skills in Python, ETL (Extract, transform, load) and Big Data Analytics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Engineer

An entry-level Data Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $77,475 based on 440 salaries. An early career Data Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $87,298 based on 1,156 salaries. A mid-career Data Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $102,910 based on 461 salaries. An experienced Data Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $119,173 based on 226 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $118,372.
Employees with Data Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 33.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (9.7% more) and New York, New York (8.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (5.6% less), Boston, Massachusetts (4.9% less) and Austin, Texas (1.7% less).

Years of Experience

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