Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Salaries for Senior Database Administrators in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. In the world of Senior Database Administrators, overall income ranges from $76K near the bottom to $142K at the top; this can include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Database Administrators (87 percent) who took the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$75,800 - $131,426
$76K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $103,695
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50%
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$28.75 - $83.51
$29
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$84
MEDIAN: $56.11
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,800 - $131,426  
   
Bonus
$996 - $17,183  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,243  
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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$75,695 - $141,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,725
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$28.75 - $83.51  
   
Overtime
$31.15 - $90.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$996 - $17,183  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,243  
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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$75,695 - $141,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 184

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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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Senior Database Administrators who become Solutions Architects may see a small rise in pay. On average, Solutions Architects earn $119K per year. Senior Database Administrators most often move into Database Administration Manager or Information Technology Manager roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $30K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Safeway, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services, Wipro, and Oracle Corp. are all popular places to work. Visa, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $128K. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Safeway, Inc., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Database Administrators earning around $125K, $121K, or $117K at each firm, respectively.

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 large range 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office. Many workers who know Microsoft SQL Server also know SQL.

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: $107,665

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Database Administrators, 21 percent above 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). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix.

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Key Stats for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
23%
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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 227 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

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