Performance Engineer Salary

Performance Engineers in the United States take home an average $92K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Performance Engineers spread between $68K and $135K depending on individual performance. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. For the most part, Performance Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Performance Engineers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$66,733 - $129,709
$67K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,509
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50%
90%

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$24.94 - $70.47
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$0$137K
Salary $66,733 - $129,709
Bonus $1,000 - $14,877
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $11,635
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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$67,811 - $137,948
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 300
Hourly Data $0$70
Hourly Rate $24.94 - $70.47
Overtime $48.75
Annual Data $0$137K
Bonus $1,000 - $14,877
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $11,635
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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$67,811 - $137,948
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 26

Job Description for Performance Engineer

A performance engineer ensures that their organization's products work as promised. Their main goal is to identify any issues that would cause the product to not work as described and subsequently help resolve those issues. They are involved in the design, implementation, and operation stages of product development. During each phase of the project, the performance engineer must identify potential problems; this is not limited to issues that might occur in manufacturing, usage, and repair - it also includes testing the product under normal usage conditions to ensure it will last for the advertised life cycle. Performance engineers are also responsible for testing the system in ways it was not designed for, ensuring the system can withstand the wear and tear of consumer usage. This includes running cycle life tests to ensure that the product will remain in the same working condition until it has become old or obsolete.

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Performance Engineer Tasks

  • Monitor and report on day to day network performance.
  • Isolate performance issues, and recommend and implement solutions.
  • Collaborate with senior engineers to review performance and trends with vendors.
  • Develop and conduct performance and stress tests, and analyze data.

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Popular Skills for Performance Engineer


Performance Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Java, Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning, Apache JMeter, and Performance Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Python as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Data Analysis and LoadRunner also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know LoadRunner are also skilled in Web Performance Monitoring/Tuning.

Pay by Experience Level for Performance Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Performance Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Performance Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 133 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Performance Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 152 salaries. An experienced Performance Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 105 salaries. A Performance Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,700

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For Performance Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Performance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+41 percent), San Jose (+34 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Austin (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Charlotte Performance Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (18 percent lower) and Phoenix (17 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Performance Engineer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Performance Engineer Salaries

▲29%

▲14%

National Average
$97,000

▼3%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Performance Engineer Salaries

Java
▲1%

National Average
$97,000




▼5%

▼10%

Python
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 10%