Entry-Level Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Database Administrators is around $61K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Database Administrators, overall income ranges from $36K near the bottom to $90K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Database Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Entry-Level Database Administrators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,820 - $87,620
$40K
$61K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,198
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$13.05 - $43.33
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$20
$43
MEDIAN: $20.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,820 - $87,620  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $9,673  
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $5,120  
Commission
$8,600  
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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$36,185 - $90,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $43.33  
   
Overtime
$18.29 - $50.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.00 - $9,673  
   
Commission
$8,600  
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $5,120  
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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$36,185 - $90,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 296

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,927

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Database Administrators, busy Salt Lake City offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Seattle (8 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (6 percent lower).

Database Administrator (DBA) Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Database Administrator (DBA)

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
22%
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Skills That Affect Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
▲19%

▲11%


Linux
▲7%

UNIX
▲6%

SQL
▲5%

Oracle
▲3%

MySQL
▲1%

C++
▲1%

Database Administration
▼0%

National Average
$60,000


Windows Operating System General Use
▼10%

Microsoft Access
▼17%

HTML
▼21%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 15%
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