Database Managers in the United States can expect wages of $57K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Database Managers approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $120K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $19K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Database Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Database Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,499 - $120,542
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MEDIAN: $57,240
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$12.92 - $30.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,499 - $120,542  
   
Bonus
$200.44 - $19,470  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$34,260 - $120,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.92 - $30.86  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $48.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.44 - $19,470  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$34,260 - $120,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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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

  • Participate in the design, maintenance, enhancement, coding, and administration of relational databases.
  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts in enhancing performance and providing increased functionality.
  • Review business requests for data and data usage, researches data sources for new and better data feeds.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Database Manager


Database Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 112 percent, 63 percent, and 42 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and HTML. The majority of those who know Database Management & Reporting also know Microsoft Office and 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $45K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,357

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Database Managers, 118 percent above the national average. Database Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+42 percent), Houston (+35 percent), Dallas (+34 percent), and San Francisco (+21 percent). Database Managers in Denver earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Seattle (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Database Manager

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Database Manager Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Database Manager Salaries

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PL/SQL
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UNIX
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SQL
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Java
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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$53,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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