Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salary (United States)

Pay for Oracle Database Administrators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $88,380 annually. Pay ranges from $53,636 on the low end to $126,982 per year on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. There are far more male Oracle Database Administrators than women, making up 83 percent of those in this profession. Most Oracle Database Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salary (?
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$53,135 - $118,082
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MEDIAN: $85,875
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Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salary (?
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$19.75 - $82.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,135 - $118,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,277  
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $7,698  
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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$53,636 - $126,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$19.75 - $82.94  
   
Overtime
$22.56 - $84.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,277  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $7,698  
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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$53,636 - $126,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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Job Description for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

Oracle database administrators or DBAs solely support Oracle databases and often the product data management systems, websites and software applications that access Oracle.
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Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Tasks
  • Build and deploy databases for new customers.
  • Maintain and tune up existing customer databases.
  • Manage backup and recovery routines.
  • Install and configure Oracle and SQLServer in hosted and enterprise environments.
  • Design and enhance data models for an object-oriented application platform.

Common Career Paths for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

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Oracle Database Administrators' salaries may rise in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Database Administration (DBA) Manager may get paid an extra $12,169 per year.

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Popular Skills for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

Oracle Database Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Performance Analysis, Performance, UNIX, and Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 12 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL and Database. It is often found that people who know Database Administration are also skilled in Database Management and Oracle 11g.

Pay by Experience Level for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Oracle Database Administrators, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Beginning workers can expect to earn $69K starting out, which grows to $88K after five to 10 years. Experienced workers—those with 10 to 20 years in the field—see salaries climb into six-figure territory, bringing in about $103K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Oracle Database Administrators at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $106K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$88,000
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For Oracle Database Administrators, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Oracle Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Washington (+15 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Oracle Database Administrators in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Atlanta (-13 percent and -8 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

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$88,000

Skills That Affect Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 367 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 11%