Updated August 22, 2022

Average Data Engineer Salary

$109,675yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$52.73 hourly

Entry level Salary
$80,000 yearly
$80,000
10 %
$109,675
Median
$149,000
90 %

How much does a Data Engineer make?

Data engineers make $109,675 per year on average, or $52.73 per hour, in the United States. Data engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $80,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $149,000.

Location impacts how much a data engineer can expect to make. Data engineers make the most in California, Washington, New York, Oregon, and Massachusetts.

Highest Paying States For Data Engineers

The darker areas on the map show where data engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Data Engineer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$122,671$58.9813,637
2Washington$109,774$52.785,265
3Oregon$100,261$48.201,841
4Rhode Island$98,249$47.24477
5New York$105,791$50.865,098
6Massachusetts$99,706$47.943,974
7New Hampshire$98,765$47.48553
8Nevada$97,762$47.00554
9Connecticut$98,578$47.391,101
10Montana$93,730$45.06378
11Arizona$94,626$45.491,839
12Pennsylvania$94,827$45.593,052
13North Carolina$90,638$43.583,103
14Delaware$93,187$44.80484
15New Jersey$96,169$46.242,745
16Texas$90,441$43.486,939
17Maryland$95,070$45.712,832
18District of Columbia$93,681$45.04943
19Virginia$91,870$44.174,082
20West Virginia$90,518$43.52309
21Idaho$89,175$42.87490
22Maine$89,316$42.94344
23Ohio$89,735$43.142,323
24Alaska$90,912$43.71241
25New Mexico$89,770$43.16478
26Michigan$87,670$42.151,923
27Utah$84,148$40.461,413
28Wisconsin$88,188$42.401,124
29Georgia$86,944$41.802,853
30Vermont$86,072$41.38276
31North Dakota$83,995$40.38253
32Minnesota$86,507$41.592,030
33Illinois$86,877$41.773,727
34Colorado$84,459$40.612,201
35South Carolina$86,974$41.81694
36Arkansas$82,556$39.69660
37South Dakota$82,480$39.65273
38Nebraska$82,798$39.81605
39Tennessee$82,077$39.461,037
40Iowa$81,786$39.32882
41Kentucky$82,219$39.53707
42Missouri$83,893$40.331,419
43Wyoming$80,613$38.76184
44Florida$84,297$40.533,654
45Hawaii$80,240$38.58269
46Indiana$80,495$38.701,618
47Louisiana$82,544$39.68557
48Mississippi$81,576$39.22310
49Oklahoma$81,181$39.03475
50Alabama$79,954$38.44992
51Kansas$79,762$38.35731

Highest Paying Cities For Data Engineers

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$132,082$63.50
2Seattle, WA$110,694$53.22
3New York, NY$105,966$50.95
4Beaverton, OR$99,941$48.05
5Boston, MA$99,677$47.92
6Hartford, CT$98,430$47.32
7Washington, NJ$95,778$46.05
8Philadelphia, PA$95,280$45.81
9Phoenix, AZ$94,858$45.60
10Washington, DC$93,798$45.10
11Arlington, VA$92,887$44.66
12Raleigh, NC$91,649$44.06
13San Antonio, TX$91,424$43.95
14Portland, ME$89,796$43.17
15Columbus, OH$88,957$42.77

Data Engineer Salary Details

Average Data Engineer Salary Graph
Average Data Engineer Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Data Engineer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$149,000$12,417$72
75th Percentile$129,000$10,750$62
Average$109,675$9,140$53
25th Percentile$93,000$7,750$45
10th Percentile$80,000$6,667$38

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Hadoop Developer$93,148$7,762$44.7899,671
Software Engineer-Consultant$113,987$9,499$54.80317,033
Data Consultant$94,945$7,912$45.65149,791
Data Architect$113,700$9,475$54.66152,504
Software Development Engineer$109,147$9,096$52.47356,971
Software Design Engineer$98,799$8,233$47.50315,080

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Meta Jobs (1,434)
  2. Apple Jobs (131)
  3. PayPal Jobs (108)
  4. Walmart Jobs (306)
  5. Nike Jobs (126)

Which Companies Pay Data Engineers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, The Citadel and Airbnb are the highest paying companies for data engineers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1The Citadel$179,101$86.11
2Airbnb$161,980$77.888
3Credit Karma$161,627$77.714
4Netflix$159,797$76.8353
5Upstart Network$159,346$76.61
6Roku$158,262$76.0919
7Meta$157,227$75.594,817
8Crunchbase$156,949$75.46
9Coinbase$156,857$75.41
10LendUp$156,790$75.38
11Aspiration$154,864$74.453
12ByteDance$154,555$74.31
13Dotdash$153,939$74.0112
14Zenefits$152,801$73.46
15Apple$152,743$73.43757
16TikTok$152,271$73.21
17Quora$152,073$73.114
18Discovery$152,028$73.091
19The Knot$151,897$73.032
20PitchBook Data$151,804$72.9811

How Much Do Data Engineers Make In Different Industries?

Data engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the technology, start-up, and health care industries tend to offer much higher salaries for data engineers. For example, data engineers make a whopping average salary of $125,579 while working in the technology industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $122,531 in the start-up industry and $108,434 in the health care industry.

Data engineers may want to avoid working in the professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $98,432.

Highest Paying Industries For Data Engineers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$125,579$60.37
2Start-up$122,531$58.91
3Health Care$108,434$52.13
4Finance$103,520$49.77
5Professional$98,432$47.32

High Paying Data Engineer Jobs

Data Engineer Salary Trends

Average Data Engineer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Data Engineer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$110,000$52.73+3.3%
    2021$106,000$50.99+2.3%
    2020$104,000$49.84+1.8%
    2019$102,000$48.96+1.7%
    2018$100,000$48.13+1.8%

    Recently Added Data Engineer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Principal Financial GroupSenior Data Engineer-Open To RemoteDenver, CO07/26/2022$87,550
    Principal Financial GroupSenior Data Engineer-Open To RemoteAlbuquerque, NM07/26/2022$87,550
    General DynamicsSenior Data Engineer (NEW Bonus Up To)Chantilly, VA07/26/2022$180,000
    TCW GlobalRemote Data EngineerSan Diego, CA07/26/2022$125,220
    Principal Financial GroupSenior Data Engineer-Open To RemoteCharlotte, NC07/26/2022$87,550
    BraintrustLead Data Engineer/Developer [Remote]San Francisco, CA07/26/2022$187,830
    Principal Financial GroupSenior Data Engineer-Open To RemoteAtlanta, GA07/26/2022$87,550
    Principal Financial GroupSenior Data Engineer-Open To RemoteHouston, TX07/26/2022$87,550
    Principal Financial GroupSenior Data Engineer-Open To RemoteKansas City, MO07/26/2022$87,550
    Principal Financial GroupSenior Data Engineer-Open To RemoteColumbus, OH07/26/2022$87,550

    Data Engineer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Data Engineers the most?

    California pays Data Engineers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $122,671 per year, or $58.98 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Data Engineer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Data Engineer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Washington you should be paid close to $109,774 per year.

    What type of Data Engineer gets paid the most?

    Staff Software Engineer gets paid the most. Staff Software Engineer made a median salary of $136,653. The best-paid 10 percent make $160,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $116,000.

    Do data engineers make a lot of money?

    Yes, data engineers make a lot of money. Data engineers' average salary is approximately $121,000 a year. Factors to consider when analyzing the salary of a data engineer include location, education, and experience level.

    Where do data engineers get paid the most?

    Data engineers get paid the most in California, specifically San Francisco. They also receive higher-than-average compensation from companies such as Netflix and eBay.

    Other states that employ data engineers at an illustrious rate include:

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