What does a Site Reliability Engineer 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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
4.0 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Site Reliability Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$101,370 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $101K
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Site Reliability Engineer Career Path

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Site Reliability Engineer
Aug. 24, 2020

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

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May 21, 2021

“Good and good for freshers”

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Dec. 8, 2020

“Everyone is honest and genuine.”

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Jan. 13, 2021

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

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Aug. 6, 2021

“Good Oracle is the best”

Site Reliability Engineer
Sep. 22, 2020

“salary reasonably good but not as per standard”

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May 12, 2021

“Good work and life balance”

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Jan. 20, 2021

“Good work and life balance”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a site reliability engineer

When working as a site reliability engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Python Programming, Microsoft Cloud, Linux System, MySQL and Operating Systems.

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The most common qualifications to become a site reliability engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.