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Working As A Senior Database Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Database Developer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Senior Database Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Senior Database Developer Career Paths

Senior Database Developer
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Pl-Sql Developer Senior ETL Developer Lead Developer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Data Warehouse Architect Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Pl-Sql Developer Lead Technician Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Architect Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Architect Information Technology Project Manager Service Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Architect Information Technology Project Manager Manager, Program Management
Group Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Engineer Senior Oracle Database Administrator Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior System Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
SQL Developer 1.9 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Senior Database Developer
Developer 4.5%
Consultant 3.4%
Programmer 2.4%
Top Careers After Senior Database Developer
Consultant 5.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$99,000
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$75,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
American International Group
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Senior Database Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Database Developer in the United States is $99,850 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $76,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $131,000.

Real Senior Database Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Database Developer Proactive Technical Services Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 03, 2016 $164,382
Senior Database Developer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jun 01, 2016 $152,776 -
$162,776
Senior Database Tech Developer Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $150,000
SR. Database Developer 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA May 24, 2016 $142,376
Senior Database Tech Developer Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Mar 25, 2016 $140,000
Senior Database Developer MacYs.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 06, 2016 $138,900
Senior Database Developer Fisher Asset Management, LLC San Mateo, CA Apr 21, 2016 $138,400 -
$140,000
SR. Database Developer Iris Software, Inc. New York, NY Dec 27, 2016 $138,000
Senior Database Developer MacYs.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 04, 2015 $134,638
Senior Database Developer Iris Software, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 17, 2015 $132,000
SR Database Developer Istonish Inc. Greenwood Village, CO Jan 08, 2016 $131,481
Database Developer, Senior Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 21, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Senior Database Tech Developer Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $130,000 -
$155,000
Senior Database Developer Costar Realty Information, Inc. Chicago, IL May 07, 2016 $130,000 -
$169,000
Senior Database Developer Comscore, Inc. Reston, VA Apr 27, 2016 $114,000
Senior Database Developer Comscore, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 03, 2015 $114,000
ETL Database Developer, Senior Delta Dental of California San Francisco, CA Dec 11, 2015 $113,200 -
$140,700
Senior Database Developer Costar Realty Information, Inc. Boston, MA May 01, 2016 $112,632 -
$166,830
Senior Developer, Database Administration Creditex Group Inc. New York, NY Jul 30, 2015 $112,500 -
$122,600
Senior Database Developer Novantas, Inc. New York, NY Jan 11, 2016 $112,500
Senior Database Developer Costar Realty Information, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 05, 2015 $112,000
Senior Database Developer Keypath Education Inc. Lenexa, KS Apr 04, 2016 $111,150
Senior Database Developer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 03, 2016 $99,800
Senior Database Developer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Mar 30, 2016 $99,800
Senior Database Developer Care.com, Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 08, 2016 $98,613
Senior Database Developer Scottrade, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Aug 22, 2016 $98,571
Senior Database Developer Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 11, 2016 $98,500 -
$104,700
Database Developer, Senior Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 08, 2016 $98,396
Senior Database Developer Cedar Document Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 25, 2016 $97,956
Senior Database Developer Comscore, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 03, 2015 $96,712

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Top Skills for A Senior Database Developer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. SQL
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Fine-tuned PL/SQL Procedures, SQL queries for maximum efficiency in various databases using Oracle Hints, for Rule based optimization.
  • Created a table-driven/rules-driven SQL data validation application used to identify data outside of predefined acceptable ranges.
  • Design, develop and support database solution for product portfolio management system.
  • Created TSQL scripts to automate the loading of configuration data for multiple extract files into the new Data Warehouse.
  • Created custom ETL tools using C# to import data from hundreds of heterogeneous Excel documents (Visual Studio 2013).

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  1. New York
  2. Washington
  3. Connecticut
  4. California
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Virginia
  8. Utah
  9. North Carolina
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Senior Database Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.2%

Female

18.5%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

50.8%

Asian

22.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.0%

Swahili

10.0%

Bulgarian

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Gujarati

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Hindi

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Urdu

10.0%
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Senior Database Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

7.1%

Texas State University

6.1%

Texas A&M University

6.1%

Northeastern University

6.1%

More Tech Institute

6.1%

Stevens Institute of Technology

6.1%

National University

5.1%

Regis University

5.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

4.1%

California State University - Fullerton

4.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

DePaul University

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

Pace University - New York

4.1%

Northern Illinois University

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

University of Washington

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.8%

Business

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Computer Applications

5.6%

Computer Engineering

5.3%

Information Technology

4.9%

Engineering

4.4%

Information Systems

3.9%

Mathematics

3.4%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Management

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.2%

Economics

1.0%

Chemistry

1.0%

Accounting

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.3%

Masters

35.5%

Other

10.3%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.1%
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