For the query above, the following recommendations will be helpful as part of the SQL tuning process. You'll find 3 sections below:
Description of the steps you can take to speed up the query.
The optimal indexes for this query, which you can copy and create in your database.
An automatically re-written query you can copy and execute in your database.
The optimization process and recommendations:
Avoid Correlated Subqueries (query line: 9): A correlated subquery is a subquery that contains a reference (column: Salary) to a table that also appears in the outer query. Usually correlated queries can be rewritten with a join clause, which is the best practice. The database optimizer handles joins much better than correlated subqueries. Therefore, rephrasing the query with a join will allow the optimizer to use the most efficient execution plan for the query.
Avoid Selecting Unnecessary Columns (query line: 2): Avoid selecting all columns with the '*' wildcard, unless you intend to use them all. Selecting redundant columns may result in unnecessary performance degradation.
Create Optimal Indexes (modified query below): The recommended indexes are an integral part of this optimization effort and should be created before testing the execution duration of the optimized query.
Optimal indexes for this query:
ALTER TABLE `Employee` ADD INDEX `employee_idx_salary` (`Salary`);
The optimized query:
Emp1.N - 1
) = (
Emp2.Salary > Emp1.Salary