Database Manager Salary

Pay for Database Managers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $56K annually. In the world of Database Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $24K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $118K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Database Managers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,794 - $115,852
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$120K
MEDIAN: $55,941
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$12.52 - $27.38
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$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,794 - $115,852  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,768  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $24,190  
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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$32,080 - $117,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.52 - $27.38  
   
Overtime
$17.53 - $42.28  
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 - $14,768  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,250  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $24,190  
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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$32,080 - $117,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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 Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 117 percent, 114 percent, and 65 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Database Management & Reporting are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $43K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $50K on average. Database Managers bring in $64K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Database Managers, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Database Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+58 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Dallas (+24 percent), and Chicago (+21 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Atlanta (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Database Manager Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Database Manager Salaries

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

Microsoft Access
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%
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