Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Senior Database Administrators in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Database Administrators varies from $75K to $135K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K each. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though career length and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Database Administrators (86 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Database Administrators is high.

$72,692 - $124,954
(Median)
$73K
$99K
$120K
MEDIAN: $99,408
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$38.16 - $88.05
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$38
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$88
MEDIAN: $58.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,692 - $124,954  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,035  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $14,468  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$74,511 - $135,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,471
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Hourly Rate
$38.16 - $88.05  
   
Overtime
$8.00 - $87.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,035  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $14,468  
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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$74,511 - $135,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


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Senior Database Administrators sometimes move into a Database Architect role, where the salary is similar. Senior Database Administrators most often move into Database Administration Manager or Information Technology Manager roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $27K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Oracle Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) are among the top companies that take on many Senior Database Administrators. Salary cannot be beat at Safeway, Inc., where median pay comes to $121K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $114K, and the higher end is not far away at $142K. Other leaders in compensation levels are J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) at $118K, Wipro at $113K, and Oracle Corp., where Senior Database Administrators annually earn $108K.

Employees of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $79K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $62K to $110K. Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($85K, $93K, and $97K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Survey results imply that Senior Database Administrators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Oracle RAC, Oracle 11g, Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know Microsoft SQL Server also know Oracle.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

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


Senior Database Administrators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $85K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $97K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $107K. Senior Database Administrators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Database Administrators, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+17 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 617 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
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