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Database Manager Salary

Pay for Database Managers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $56K per year. Total cash compensation to Database Managers bottoms out near $32K and approaches $111K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $24K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Database Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$35,076 - $110,874
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56K
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110K
MEDIAN: $55,573
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$12.47 - $28.17
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,076 - $110,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,080  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $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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$31,626 - $110,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.47 - $28.17  
   
Overtime
$17.64 - $41.43  
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 - $12,080  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,250  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $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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$31,626 - $110,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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 large range 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 84 percent, 77 percent, and 43 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Microsoft Access also know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Database Manager

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


Database Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Database Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $43K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $49K. Database Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Database Managers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Database Managers, 60 percent higher than the national average. Database Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+25 percent), Washington (+18 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Baltimore and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 6 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Database Manager Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Database Manager Salaries

up arrow 84%

Linux
up arrow 77%

PL/SQL
up arrow 43%


UNIX
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SQL
up arrow 18%

Visual Basic (VB)
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 8%

HTML
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Access
0%

Database Management & Reporting
0%

National Average
$51,000

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%