Database Manager Salary (United States)

Pay for Database Managers in the United States is typically around $50,739 per year. Pay starts at $31,417 and can approach $110,102 per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $35,258 on the lower end to $110,624 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12,395 from bonuses and upwards of $24K from profit sharing. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Job satisfaction for Database Managers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Database Manager Salary (?
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$35,258 - $110,624
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MEDIAN: $55,314
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Database Manager Salary (?
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$12.41 - $28.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,258 - $110,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,395  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $24,292  
Commission
$0.00 - $3,250  
Total Pay (?
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$31,417 - $110,102  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $28.03  
   
Overtime
$17.68 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,395  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,250  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $24,292  
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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$31,417 - $110,102  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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Job Description for Database Manager

Database managers serve as an essential part of the management of large databases. They typically manage many projects and help with the design and physical implementation of storage hardware and maintenance. Database managers specialize in the diagnosis and repair of problems that occur in databases. They may work with various types of databases that use software such as MySQL and Oracle.
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Database Manager Tasks
  • Coordinate new data development ensuring consistency and integration with existing data warehouse structure.
  • Analyze and determine information needs and elements, data relationships and attributes, data flow and storage requirements, and data output and reporting capabilities.
  • Review business requests for data and data usage, researches data sources for new and better data feeds.
  • Participate in the design, maintenance, enhancement, coding, and administration of relational databases.
  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts in enhancing performance and providing increased functionality.

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Popular Skills for Database Manager

Database Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Linux, Oracle, and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 85 percent, 76 percent, and 45 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Microsoft Access indicates knowledge of SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Database Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Database Managers in the early stages of their career don't see a large increase in pay for the first decade—salary tends to grow from $42K to just $49K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $63K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase for Database Managers and pay is expected at $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$51,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Database Managers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 60 percent above the national average. Dallas, New York, Washington, and Chicago are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Database Managers earning around 25 percent, 17 percent, 14 percent, and 3 percent more than average. Denver is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Database Manager Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Database Manager Salaries

Linux
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PL/SQL
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UNIX
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SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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$51,000
Microsoft Access
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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