2nd, 3rd, Nth Highest Salary In SQL Server 2008

In this article I will explain, how to find 2nd,3rd, nth highest salary in sql server.
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Introduction

In SQL Server we have the concept about sub queries. Sub queries means query within the query. Lets take a example of sub query. Suppose we want to find out the nth largest salary among the given salaries so for this purpose we have to use sub query.

Lets have a look on the following example.

I have created Employee table with following values.

1st method

To select 2nd highest salary or record we can use following query.

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OR

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2nd method

To select 3rd highest salary or record we can use following query.

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3rd method

To select nth largest salary or record from above table, we can use following query.

select top 1 salary from (select distinct top n salary from Employee order by salary desc) a order by salary

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