A Database Administrator (DBA) earns an average salary of $70,613 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are PL/SQL and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).

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$14.16 - $52.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,132 - $103,540  
   
Bonus
$51.52 - $10,167  
Profit Sharing
$0.42 - $8,151  
Commission
$5,600  
Total Pay (?
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$39,450 - $107,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,444
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Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $52.91  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $63.62  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$51.52 - $10,167  
   
Commission
$5,600  
Profit Sharing
$0.42 - $8,151  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,450 - $107,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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Job Description for Database Administrator (DBA)

A database administrator (DBA) is an IT professional who ensures that the software used to manage a database is properly maintained to allow rapid access when needed. Because constant access, searches, traffic are likely to have a damaging effect on any company database, the DBA works to maintain the efficiency of the servers. He or she also will typically work to ensure data security, coordinating with an IT security professional or team in larger companies to help maintain the integrity of sensitive business data.

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Database Administrator (DBA) Tasks

  • Monitor and optimize system performance using index tuning, disk optimization, and other methods.
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain a database system.
  • Implement, configure, and troubleshoot database instances, replication, backup, partitions, storage, and access.
  • Set user privileges within the database environment.

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National Average: $69,599

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What is it like working as a Database Administrator (DBA)?

Database Administrator (DBA) in Sacramento:
"Fun but Confounding."
Pros: Work is interesting and company is at the infancy of implementing modern IT and data analytical processes. Job is never boring, there always something to learn and a new adventure to conquer.
Cons: Company is complete disorganized when it comes to IT. IT is not valued and the company lacks the understanding of basic best practices or fundamental setups. Decentralized controls of department and projects has allowed individual fiefdoms to pop up and implement their own ideas. This has resulted in years and years of processes, programs and applications that do not talk to each other or share data efficiently. Moreover, departments will constantly act on their own and try to implement new software and or processes with out checking to see if resources already on hand will suffice. Nepotism is extremely high and contrary arguments or point of views are discouraged for want superiors deem important at the time.

Database Administrator (DBA) in Fort Worth:
"Daily frustration of the underpaid and unappreciated."
Pros: The flexibility of position and a handful of friendly coworkers are truly the only positive things about my current position.
Cons: I am poorly compensated, overworked beyond belief, I've been working for the past 18 months without a functional job description, so my supervisor will add anything to my work load that sounds like it's something I may be able to do. I have to force myself to go to work in the morning each day.

Database Administrator (DBA) in Allentown:
"Demanding Stress In Corporate Culture Doing The Work Of Three People."
Pros: Challenging, rewarding, lots to learn, variety of tasks, direct mail, database, fundraising.
Cons: Hourly position but work is salary work. Doing the work of 3 different people, not enough time to do the work required. Work environment is stressful. Not appreciated by upper management.

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Experience Affects Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 363 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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