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Performance Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs and develops computer software and applications using system performance engineering strategies. Uses an ongoing, comprehensive approach to developing computer software and applications for a company or customer. Assists with computer software and application design, coding, testing and quality assurance work.

Job Outlook

There were 402 Performance Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 11110 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the Performance Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:


Many new Performance Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $117,998.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $109,543.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Performance Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $102,745.

Education and Experience

Posted Performance Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree64%
Master's Degree32%
Doctoral Degree1%

Posted Performance Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years14%
3 to 5 years50%
6 to 8 years25%
9+ years11%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Performance Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Teamwork / Collaboration (36%)
  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Problem Solving (27%)
  • Troubleshooting (24%)
  • Planning (19%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Software Engineering (47%)
  • Java (42%)
  • Python (41%)
  • Software Development (28%)
  • Linux (27%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • C++ (16%)
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) (12%)
  • Debugging (11%)
  • Microsoft C# (11%)
  • Dynatrace (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Golang (Go Programming Language) (6%)
  • Ruby (6%)
  • Apache Hadoop (6%)
  • PERL Scripting Language (6%)
  • GitHub (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Performance Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Platform Engineer
  • Performance Test Engineer
  • Senior Performance Engineer
  • Senior Platform Engineer - Federal Dod

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Performance Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Humana (372)
  • Vmware Incorporated (295)
  • Uber (223)
  • Cdw Corporation (180)
  • Salesforce (156)

North Carolina

  • Wells Fargo (23)
  • Splunk (23)
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (11)
  • Cdw Corporation (9)
  • Omnicell Incorporated (8)

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