Database DeveloperJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Database developers use computer software to organize and save data. Their key responsibilities include determining user’s needs, ensuring that information is secure, monitoring database performance, and providing support. Database developers need to have excellent computer and technical skills and the ability to troubleshoot and solve problems when they arise.

Sample job description #1

We are looking to add a Database Developer to our fast growing company! The role is responsible for designing, coding, and modifying websites, from layout to function and according to a client’s specifications. Strive to create visually appealing sites that feature user-friendly design and clear navigation.

Primary responsibilities

  • 1+ years of experience with front-end programming, HTML5, JavaScript/jQuery
  • 1+ years of experience with one or more Javascript Frameworks such as angular, react, vue, etc.
  • 1+ years of experience working with a relational database
  • Experience using a version control system
  • Strong debugging skills with the ability to easily and quickly read and modify existing code
  • Ability to partner and work in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment
  • Experience writing and integrating unit tests

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer related field preferred
  • Minimum 6 years experience in Microsoft SQL Server database Programming, database design, data warehouse design, query performance tuning, writing stored procedures, etc.
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience on Microsoft BI tools (SSIS, SSRS, SSAS)
  • Good to have database administration skills – Job monitoring, Backup/restore, security management, etc.
  • Experience developing ETL processes loading Data Warehouses/Data Marts required
  • Must have strong knowledge on Data Warehouse design concepts – Star, Snowflake, etc.
  • Knowledge of best practices and software development process
  • Experience supporting a multi-database environment
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Outstanding analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and escalate issues
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot software/database issues independently
  • Ability to work extended hours when needed

Sample job description #2

We are currently searching for a database developer to help ensure our applications are stable and reliable. You will work closely with the Engineering Applications development team to build and maintain our existing databases. If you are a self-starter who is interested in supporting the systems to reduce advanced Launch Vehicle development costs in a fast-paced startup environment, this job is for you!


  • Coordinate with the Development Manager and System Administrators to design stable and reliable databases
  • Modify databases as needed
  • Work with software developers to establish best practices for database storage and organization
  • Support development of KPI’s to evaluate metrics for database performance
  • Develop technical, functional documentation, and user guides complying with audit requirements
  • Respond to support requests for bugs & issues reported
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to current and future database products and services
  • Work in a product development process that is primarily Agile/Scrum
  • Support training development for all levels of the organization as required


  • 2+ years of experience as a Database Developer
  • Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Science/Engineering, or a related discipline (4+yrs direct industry experience may be substituted)
  • Knowledge of recovery tactics and database security
  • Proficient in SQL
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience interfacing effectively between business groups and IT teams
  • Ability to gather, document, and communicate requirements
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills with a “make it happen” attitude
  • Knowledge of best engineering practices in agile software development: architectural paradigms, code reviews, branching, task management, documentation, and testing

Sample job description #3

We are looking for a Database Developer to join our web services team. This team supports our flagship website properties. This role will create, review, modify, define and design database objects as well as work as a liaison to application developers to provide assistance on how these objects interact with other applications as well as 3rd party applications.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Support database objects residing in Postgres & MySql databases
  • Design, create, modify and remove database objects (tables, views, indexes, keys, stored procedures, functions, DB links, etc.) to support development projects
  • Design, build, and maintain extract-transformation-load (ETL) processes
  • Implement and test database objects in non-production environments
  • Move supporting data between non-production environments
  • Work with Application Development Teams, Project, Testing, and Release Managers, Architects, and IT Management to support fixes, enhancements, and projects
  • Assist other developers with SQL questions as needed
  • Performance review and tuning on pending, new and, production database objects
  • Maintain database objects in a software version control system
  • Support Testing efforts from a database perspective
  • Data expert for migrating data from existing applications and database environments to new architecture
  • Work with IT resources to effectively integrate with database(s)
  • May assist the Database Architect with performing other duties or special projects as required or assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other appropriate discipline plus 1 – 4 years of experience in database design, development or administration or Associate degree in related field and 5+ years of relevant data processing, systems analysis/design, and 2-3 years of experience developing/maintaining database objects in one of the database systems or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired
  • Hands-on database tuning and troubleshooting experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent math, research skills, and analytical/problem solving skills
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills. Ability to multi-task and work on multiple project assignments while under pressure
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of other company personnel, including technical personnel from other disciplines, IT Management, business users, outside vendors, and consultants
  • Ability to train and/or mentor as well as oversee specific project work of others
  • Exposure to ETL tools like Pentaho is desired
  • Ability to write/tweak scripts on unix platform
  • Exposure to version control tools like git
  • Good understanding of RDBMS concepts

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a database developer is $127,800 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$127,100$171,950
Los Angeles, California$143,400$194,000
Denver, Colorado$119,500$161,650
Washington, DC$145,550$196,950
Miami, Florida$118,950$160,950
Orlando, Florida$109,700$148,450
Tampa, Florida$110,800$149,900
Atlanta, Georgia$116,250$157,250
Chicago, Illinois$133,600$180,750
Boston, Massachusetts$144,500$195,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$115,150$155,800
New York City, New York$152,100$205,750
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$123,850$167,550
Dallas, Texas$120,600$163,150
Houston, Texas$119,500$161,650
Seattle, Washington$139,050$188,100
National Average$108,650$146,950

Sample interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself. 
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? In ten?
  • What makes you a good fit for this company?
  • What sparked your interest in working as a database developer?
  • Which databases do you have the most experience with? Have you worked with both cloud and physical databases? What is your preferred database? 
  • Tell me about the most challenging project you have worked on. How did you overcome the challenges that arose?
  • How do you keep up with the latest technological advances in the field?
  • What is the most difficult part of developing databases for you?
  • Tell me about how you handle data loss during migration. 
  • How do you keep the databases you are working on secure?
  • How do you troubleshoot problems in a database?
  • How do you organize and plan your work? How do you make sure your work is accurate?

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