Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

On average, Senior Database Administrators in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($103K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash compensation to Senior Database Administrators approaches anywhere from $75K on the lower end to $141K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $16K from bonuses and upwards of $11K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Senior Database Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The vast majority (85 percent) of Senior Database Administrators who answered the questionnaire are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$75,319 - $130,698
$75K
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$130K
MEDIAN: $103,271
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$29.00 - $83.06
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MEDIAN: $58.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,319 - $130,698  
   
Bonus
$988 - $15,883  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,423  
Total Pay (?
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$75,366 - $140,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,852
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Hourly Rate
$29.00 - $83.06  
   
Overtime
$31.65 - $89.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$988 - $15,883  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,423  
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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$75,366 - $140,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 192

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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 position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $119K per year. Senior Database Administrators most frequently become Database Administration Managers and Information Technology Managers even though median compensation is $6K lower and $30K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services, and Oracle Corp. are among the top companies that take on many Senior Database Administrators. Visa, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $128K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Safeway, Inc., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., top-paying firms where Senior Database Administrators rake in a massive $123K, $121K, or $119K, respectively.

Pay for Senior Database Administrators is the lowest at Hewlett-Packard Company, which has a median salary of $90K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $136K. 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 seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Oracle RAC, UNIX, Oracle, and Oracle 11g are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and MySQL. Many workers who know Microsoft SQL Server also know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

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


For Senior Database Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $87K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $100K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $111K. Senior Database Administrators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $117K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,303

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, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix.

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Key Stats for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$107,000

▼7%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

▲10%

▲8%

▲8%

▲6%

▲6%


▲4%

▲4%

SQL
▼0%

National Average
$107,000




▼2%

▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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