Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

On average, Senior Database Administrators in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($104K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash compensation for Senior Database Administrators runs from $75K to $141K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $16K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Senior Database Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Senior Database Administrators who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent.

$75,174 - $130,503
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$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $103,676
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$28.97 - $82.38
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MEDIAN: $57.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,174 - $130,503  
   
Bonus
$990 - $16,157  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,000  
Total Pay (?
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$75,201 - $140,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,698
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$28.97 - $82.38  
   
Overtime
$32.78 - $90.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$990 - $16,157  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,000  
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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$75,201 - $140,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 181

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Job Description for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Senior database administrators work as team leaders with computer engineering teams in order to create database architecture to accomplish the necessary goals of specialized computer software. Senior database administrators have very clear educational goals: they need a bachelor's degree in computer science or in similar fields. They will also need certification for database administration from an accredited board, such as Oracle. It is possible to forgo acquiring a bachelor's degree, but senior database administrators will require several years of work in similar areas as well as extensive self-education on database administration.

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Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Tasks

  • Design, architect, and build databases from determining business requirements.
  • Write and troubleshoot complex stored procedures.
  • Develop innovation, strategies, processes, and best practices.
  • Manage and mentor small team of DBAs.
  • Work closely with programming staff on database design changes to meet business requirements.

Common Career Paths for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


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At the upper end, Senior Database Administrators who move into a Solutions Architect role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $119K per year. Senior Database Administrators most frequently advance into Database Administration Manager and Information Technology Manager roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $30K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Database Administrators, Safeway, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services, Wipro, and Oracle Corp. are leading firms in the industry. Visa, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $128K on average. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($125K), Safeway, Inc. ($121K), and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($117K).

Other low-paying employers include HP Enterprise Services at $93K and Lockheed Martin Corp at $95K, though some Senior Database Administrators there earn up to $115K.

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Senior Database Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle RAC, UNIX, Oracle, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office. Microsoft SQL Server and SQL are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Pay by Experience for a Senior Database Administrator (DBA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 167 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 699 salaries. An experienced Senior Database Administrator (DBA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 1,144 salaries. A Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 417 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,684

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

For Senior Database Administrators, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Senior Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
22%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$108,000

▼7%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

▲9%

▲8%

▲7%

▲6%

▲6%


▲4%

SQL
▲1%


SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
▼0%

National Average
$108,000


▼1%


▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 9%