What does a SRE do?

Site reliability engineers (SREs) incorporate software engineering aspects and apply them to infrastructure and operations problems. They apply software engineering principles to systems administration and serve as bridges between a company’s development and operations. They perform functions and on-call duties and develop the systems and software that bolster site reliability and performance. They build self-service tools for user groups that provide automation and rely on their services, including automatic test result provisioning and statistical visualizations.

SREs strive to create services that reduce the amount of work in progress for all parties, allowing developers to focus on feature development. They collaborate with product developers to ensure designed solutions respond to non-functional requirements including security and maintainability and work with release engineers to confirm that software delivery pipelines are as efficient as possible. SREs need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related fields.

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SRE Salaries

Average Base Pay

$127,006 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$89K
Median: $127K
$180K
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SRE Career Path

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L2
Site Reliability Engineer
$127,718/yr
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SRE Insights

Read what SRE professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
J.P. MorganJ.P. Morgan
Site Reliability Engineer
May 26, 2021

“I am working with a great application team and have tremendous opportunities to learn and grow.”

AdobeAdobe
Site Reliability Engineer
Aug 23, 2019

“You work with some of the smartest people in the industry and the culture is great.”

DowDow
Site Reliability Engineer
Aug 24, 2020

“Good luck trying choose a career path outside of engineering if you're an engineer.”

ZohoZoho
Site Reliability Engineer
May 21, 2021

“Good and good for freshers”

Network Redux
Site Reliability Engineer
Dec 8, 2020

“Everyone is honest and genuine.”

expertleadexpertlead
Site Reliability Engineer
Jan 13, 2021

“Probably the best place I worked till now where you get challenged and learn a lot.”

OracleOracle
Site Reliability Engineer II
Aug 6, 2021

“Good Oracle is the best”

PhonePePhonePe
Site Reliability Engineer
Sep 22, 2020

“salary reasonably good but not as per standard”

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