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 to Senior Database Administrators approaches anywhere from $77K on the lower end to $142K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $18K from bonuses and upwards of $16K from profit sharing. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Senior Database Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Senior Database Administrators are male. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$76,772 - $131,564|
|Bonus||$970 - $18,083|
|Profit Sharing||$23.31 - $15,591|
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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).)
|$76,683 - $142,027|
|Hourly Rate||$27.39 - $82.02|
|Overtime||$30.38 - $91.92|
|Bonus||$970 - $18,083|
|Profit Sharing||$23.31 - $15,591|
|Total Pay (||$76,683 - $142,027|
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.Read More...
Senior database administrators need to know several programming languages in order to accomplish their goals. They will also need strong communication skills in order to delegate work goals and facilitate the creation and implementation of databases.
Senior database administrators oversee the maintenance, configuration, and implementation of everything that has to do with databases. This includes the replication, backup, storage, access and partitioning of databases. Smooth and efficient installations, configurations, troubleshooting, and maintenance of database systems also fall onto the senior database administrator. When they are not installing or maintaining new database systems, senior database administrators must monitor and optimize their current systems to ensure quality system performance. They do this by utilizing index tuning, disk optimization, and various other methods that are appropriate. Within the confines of the database, senior database administrators must also determine who should have what permissions and privileges within the system to define who can access and control what information.
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)
Senior Database Administrators who transition into new roles such as Solutions Architect may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Solutions Architect earns $119K per year. Senior Database Administrators most often move into positions as Database Administration Managers or Information Technology Managers. Database Administration Managers actually earn $6K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $30K less per year than Senior Database Administrators do.
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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Database Administrators. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Visa, Inc. offers the most; Senior Database Administrators earn $128K on average there. 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.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include HP Enterprise Services at $93K, and Lockheed Martin Corp where $95K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Senior Database Administrators there earn up to $115K.
Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 and MySQL. Those with knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server tend to be skilled in SQL as well.
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
For those looking to make money, Senior Database Administrators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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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