How much does a Data Engineer make in the United States?

3.8k salaries reported, updated at September 17, 2021
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The average salary for a data engineer is $122,909 per year in the United States and $5,000 cash bonus per year.

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Most common benefits

  • Commuter assistance
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Stock options
  • Health savings account
  • Food provided
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for data engineers

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The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 5.74% since 2018. Data Engineers with this skill earn +15.34% more than the average base salary, which is $122,909 per year.

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YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
2012238increase by 238
20131066increase by 347.90%
20141251increase by 17.35%
20151678increase by 34.13%
20162274increase by 35.52%
20171132decrease by 50.22%
20181567increase by 38.43%
20191477decrease by 5.74%

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Most common benefits for Data Engineers

  • Commuter assistance
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Stock options
  • Health savings account
  • Food provided
  • Gym membership
  • Parental leave
  • 401(k) matching
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Paid sick time
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Salary satisfaction

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69% of Data engineers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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