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

3.9k salaries reported, updated at September 13, 2021
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The average salary for a data engineer is $123,969 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 certification have increase by 20.00% since 2018. Data Engineers with this certification earn +41.93% more than the average base salary, which is $123,969 per year.

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YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
20171increase by 1
20185increase by 400.00%
20196increase by 20.00%

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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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