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Question: How to find the second highest salary from employee table? and how to write it?

Answer: select ename, sal from (select ename, sal, rank() over(order by sal) sal_rank from emp) where sal_rank<=10;


select ename,sal from(select ename,sal,rank() over(order by sal desc)sal_rank from emp where sal_rank<=10;

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Question: How to find the second highest salary from employee table? and how to write it?

select ename, sal from (select ename, sal, rank() over(order by sal) sal_rank from emp) where sal_rank<=10;


select ename,sal from(select ename,sal,rank() over(order by sal desc)sal_rank from emp where sal_rank<=10; Source:

Answered by: kiran | Date: 5/21/2008 | Contact kiran Contact kiran

Select top1 salary from
(select top2 salary from emp order by salary asc)top 2 salary from emp order by salary desc Source:

Answered by: Gayathri P | Date: 6/30/2008 | Contact Gayathri P Contact Gayathri P

Select top 1 salary from (select top 2 salary from Employee order by salary desc) topSal
order by salary

Answered by: Kishore | Date: 7/6/2008 | Contact Kishore Contact Kishore

select rank, last_name, salary
from (select rownum rank, last_name, salary
from (select rownum, last_name, salary
from employees
order by salary desc))
where rank=2; Source:

Answered by: rishi | Date: 8/17/2008 | Contact rishi Contact rishi

But rishi,

if the second highest salary is paid to two employees then the query is not giving the right answer. Source:

Answered by: vishwas | Date: 8/18/2008 | Contact vishwas Contact vishwas

Hello Friends
you can use this query...

Select Max(salary)from employees
Where Salary<(Select Max(Salary)from employees);

Answered by: Isha | Date: 8/30/2008 | Contact Isha Contact Isha

SELECT MAX(salary)FROM employee WHERE
salary not in (SELECT MAX(salary) FROM employee) -- This is perfectly working Source:

Answered by: Srinivas Simakurthi | Date: 9/11/2008 | Contact Srinivas Simakurthi Contact Srinivas Simakurthi

select max(salary) from emp where salary<(select max(salary) from emp); Source:

Answered by: Raghavendraprasad | Date: 12/17/2008 | Contact Raghavendraprasad Contact Raghavendraprasad

select * from emp where sal=(select max(sal) from emp where sal not in(select max(sal) from emp)) Source:

Answered by: praneeth | Date: 12/22/2008 | Contact praneeth Contact praneeth

select sal from emp a where 1=(select count(*) from emp b where b.sal>a.sal) Source:

Answered by: Vijay | Date: 2/12/2010 | Contact Vijay Contact Vijay

SELECT rownum,ename,sal
from(SELECT rownum,sal
FROM employee
WHERE rownum = 2;

Here rownum is a pseudo number,which assign numbers from 1 to last row. Source:

Answered by: Hemant Gautam | Date: 4/19/2010 | Contact Hemant Gautam Contact Hemant Gautam

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