Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Salary (United States)

Oracle Database Administrators in the United States usually make around $88,380 annually. The range in pay spans from $53,636 to $126,982 per year. Overall cash allowance—including $13,277 bonuses and $7,698 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $53,135 and $118,082. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and a majority collecting vision insurance. In a profession dominated by men, 83 percent of Oracle Database Administrators are male. The majority of Oracle Database Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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MEDIAN: $48.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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 may receive an increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Database Administration (DBA) Manager position may earn an additional $12,169 per year.

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Popular Skills for Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

Oracle Database Administrators report exploiting a large range of 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 seem to negatively impact pay include SQL and Database. Most people who know Database Administration also know 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. Salaries start at $69K, which grows to $88K after five to 10 years. After one to two decades on the job, workers bring in a six-figure salary around $103K. After two decades on the job, Oracle Database Administrators see salary growth dwindle, averaging $106K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a 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. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$88,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Oracle Database Administrators, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Los Angeles, Washington, New York, and Seattle are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Oracle Database Administrators earning around 16 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more than average. Place of residency plays a huge part in an Oracle Database Administrator's salary, with Pittsburgh Oracle Database Administrators earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Employers in Austin and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-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%
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