Entry-Level Database Administrators take home approximately $62K per year on average. 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. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Entry-Level Database Administrators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,827 - $88,636
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$62K
$89K
MEDIAN: $61,666
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$12.98 - $44.55
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,827 - $88,636  
   
Bonus
$168.00 - $9,784  
Profit Sharing
$48.18 - $4,919  
Total Pay (?
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$35,734 - $91,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $44.55  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $50.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$168.00 - $9,784  
   
Profit Sharing
$48.18 - $4,919  
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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$35,734 - $91,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 288

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,157

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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Database Administrators, 33 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+27 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Nashville. Workers in Phoenix and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
22%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
up arrow 19%


Linux
up arrow 8%


SQL
up arrow 3%

Oracle
up arrow 3%

PL/SQL
up arrow 1%

Database Administration
0%

C++
0%

National Average
$60,000

MySQL
up arrow 1%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%

HTML
up arrow 18%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 20%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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