Entry-Level Database Administrators pull down an average of $61K per year. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Database Administrators varies from around $36K to approximately $91K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $5K, respectively. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Entry-Level Database Administrators who answered the questionnnaire. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Database Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$39,514 - $88,222
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$40K
$61K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,088
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$13.27 - $45.46
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$13
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$45
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,514 - $88,222  
   
Bonus
$191.60 - $9,816  
Profit Sharing
$49.66 - $4,966  
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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$35,654 - $91,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $45.46  
   
Overtime
$15.55 - $52.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$191.60 - $9,816  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.66 - $4,966  
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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$35,654 - $91,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,697

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Entry-Level Database Administrators will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Entry-Level Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+30 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Phoenix (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Database Administrator (DBA) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Database Administrator (DBA) in Orlando:
"Level of dedication."
Make sure that you arrive early, do everything you request of others to do yourself, follow best industry practices, be dedicated 100%, always do your best.

Database Administrator (DBA) in Bloomington:
"Stand out from the crowd."
Learn SQL. Know how to performance tune SQL and fix stuff that's slow or broken.

Database Administrator (DBA) in Louisiana:
"Administrations knowledge level of Information Systems."
I wish I had known how little they understood of technology and how they denied approval of certain projects that would have benefited the company.

Database Administrator (DBA) in Allentown:
"Get a good education to succeed."
Make sure you get a bachelors degree if you want to be compensated appropriately. Also seek employment in a corporate for profit setting.

Database Administrator (DBA) in Waltham:
"Learn, Learn, Learn."
Keep yourself marketable by branching out into all areas of Database Administration.

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Skills That Affect Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



Linux
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UNIX
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SQL
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Oracle
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C++
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PL/SQL
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0%

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$60,000

MySQL
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Windows Operating System General Use
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HTML
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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