Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

The average Oracle Database Administrator in the United States earns approximately $92K annually. With some bonuses approaching $16K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Oracle Database Administrators spread between $59K and $133K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Oracle Database Administrators survey respondents are men (78 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,881 - $123,379
$60K
$92K
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MEDIAN: $91,839
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$17.37 - $74.49
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$49
$74
MEDIAN: $49.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,881 - $123,379  
   
Bonus
$297.99 - $16,107  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,544  
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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$59,432 - $133,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 892
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.37 - $74.49  
   
Overtime
$21.82 - $77.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$297.99 - $16,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,544  
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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$59,432 - $133,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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Job Description for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

Oracle database administrators are responsible for designing, maintaining and ensuring that the company's Oracle database runs smoothly; they are often responsible for other databases as well. These administrators work alongside other IT specialists, office staff and department heads, and they oversee database assistants. Oracle database administrators work with computers and computer systems daily, running multiple monitors and systems to check their accuracy and workability, as well as troubleshoot any errors found. Common tasks include writing code for a program, testing it to make sure it works, and implementing it into their company software. They may deal with issues in existing software and collaborate with other employees in the company to determine what changes, if any, need to be made.

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Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Tasks

  • Install and configure Oracle and SQLServer in hosted and enterprise environments.
  • Design and enhance data models for an object-oriented application platform.
  • Manage backup and recovery routines.
  • Build and deploy databases for new customers.
  • Maintain and tune up existing customer databases.

Common Career Paths for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)


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As Oracle Database Administrators transition into upper-level roles like Database Administration Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Database Administration Managers earn the same amount as Oracle Database Administrators on average. The most common promotion for Oracle Database Administrators is Senior Database Administrator, a position that typically pays $99K annually. Another standard transition for Oracle Database Administrators seeking advancement is to assume an Information Technology Manager role, where pay is often $77K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)


Oracle Corp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $114K.

Popular Skills for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Performance Analysis, Database Development, Performance, and Disaster Recovery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL and Oracle. Skill sets containing Disaster Recovery also tend to include Database Management and Oracle 11g. Those proficient in Database Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in Oracle 11g and Database Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

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


For many Oracle Database Administrators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $72K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $93K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $107K. 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 $111K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,252

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Oracle Database Administrators, 19 percent above the national average. Oracle Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Oracle Database Administrator's salary, with Cleveland Oracle Database Administrators earning salaries that are 31 percent less than the national average. Workers in Dallas and Norfolk earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 6 percent.

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Key Stats for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

▲18%

▲13%

National Average
$94,000

▼2%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries




▲6%

▲5%

▲5%



▲1%

Database Administration
▼0%

UNIX
▼0%

National Average
$94,000

▼1%

▼3%

▼3%

SQL
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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