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Entry-Level Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Database Administrators lies in the neighborhood of $60K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Database Administrators can bottom out near $36K or peak near $87K depending on individual performance. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Database Administrators is high. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Entry-Level Database Administrators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,635 - $83,922
(Median)
$40K
$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $59,953
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$13.08 - $38.72
(Median)
$13
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,635 - $83,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,041  
Profit Sharing
$430.63 - $9,556  
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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$36,126 - $86,542  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,024
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $38.72  
   
Overtime
$16.94 - $47.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$430.63 - $9,556  
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).
)
$36,126 - $86,542  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 399

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Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Database Administrators, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), Nashville (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (5 percent lower) and St. Louis (2 percent lower).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries


Linux
up arrow 10%

UNIX
up arrow 7%


Oracle
up arrow 4%

PL/SQL
up arrow 3%

Database Administration
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 1%

National Average
$59,000

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 10%

HTML
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 12%

Data Analysis
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 450 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 12%