Database Manager Salary

Database Managers in the United States can expect wages of $55K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Database Managers runs from $32K to $113K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $13K and profit sharing that can reach almost $24K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,350 - $112,308
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$35K
$55K
$110K
MEDIAN: $54,611
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$12.50 - $27.90
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,350 - $112,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,277  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $24,083  
Commission
$0.00 - $3,250  
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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$31,655 - $113,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 575
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $27.90  
   
Overtime
$17.61 - $37.54  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,277  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,250  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $24,083  
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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$31,655 - $113,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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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


Survey results imply that Database Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Oracle, Linux, and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 92 percent, 86 percent, and 43 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Microsoft Access are, more often than not, also skilled in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Database Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $42K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $49K. For Database Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Columbus is home to an above-average pay rate for Database Managers, 82 percent higher than the national average. Database Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+60 percent), Boston (+51 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Baltimore (15 percent lower) and Atlanta (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Database Manager Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Database Manager Salaries

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Linux
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PL/SQL
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SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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HTML
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National Average
$51,000

Microsoft Access
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Database Management & Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%