Data Administrator Salary
The average Data Administrator in the United States earns approximately $49K per year. More than half of Data Administrators (61 percent) survey participants are women. A fair number receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Most Data Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Data Administrator
Data administrators are IT professionals responsible for storing, arranging, presenting, and using data within an organization's database. It is up to them to ensure that database systems are up-to-date, secure, and functioning well with easy accessibility. Different companies have different expectations for their database's storage requirements, so it's up to data administrators to meet these demands in every way possible. This means they may also be required to install and upgrade databases, or integrate old database systems with newer ones.Read More...
They are generally responsible for monitoring databases and providing maintenance, if necessary, which involves performing routine tests and modifications. When problems arise, they must be capable of troubleshooting software and hardware and making repairs, if necessary. Data administrators are also responsible for the security of data, particularly if the data contains sensitive or personal information.
Because data is something every organization must keep, data administrators are employed by a very wide range of institutions. Employers can range from medical or private companies to educational and government institutions. Those in this position typically work during regular business hours, but may occasionally be needed for troubleshooting problems outside of working hours. They speak regularly with other administrators within the company, particularly regarding security issues and other efforts that require coordination.
Employers generally prefer those with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a field relating to computer science, but Associate's degrees may be sufficient with added work experience.
Data Administrator Tasks
- Create effective methodologies for the collection, storage, and coordination of data within a system.
- Ensure security of data and accessibility of data to customers.
- Provide data management support and training for employees, upper management, and other personnel.
- Program, code, and test data for storage and organization.
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Popular Skills for Data Administrator
Survey results imply that Data Administrators put a diverse skill set to use. Fortunate workers who know Microsoft SQL Server command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Database Management & Reporting. Database Management & Reporting and Microsoft Excel are also commonly seen together.
Pay by Experience Level for Data Administrator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Data Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.