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Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Database Administrators in the United States, with median pay hovering around $99K per year. Overall cash earnings of Senior Database Administrators stretch from $74K near the bottom to $135K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority of Senior Database Administrators (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$72,561 - $124,694
(Median)
$73K
$99K
$120K
MEDIAN: $99,040
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$37.43 - $86.42
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$37
$59
$86
MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,561 - $124,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,973  
Profit Sharing
$987 - $14,699  
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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$74,236 - $134,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,471
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$37.43 - $86.42  
   
Overtime
$7.79 - $88.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,973  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$987 - $14,699  
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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$74,236 - $134,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274

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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Database Architect. Database Architects on average make about as much as Senior Database Administrators do. Senior Database Administrators most often move into positions as Database Administration Managers or Information Technology Managers. Database Administration Managers actually earn $1K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $26K less per year than Senior Database Administrators do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Senior Database Administrators flock to Oracle Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although Safeway, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $121K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $114K to $142K. Also paying near the top of the field are Wipro at $113K, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) at $107K, and Oracle Corp., where Senior Database Administrators annually earn $107K.

While select Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp employees may bring in up to $110K, a median salary of only $79K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services, and Hewlett-Packard Company are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($85K, $93K, and $99K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Senior Database Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle RAC, Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i, Linux, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Internet Information Server, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Most people 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.


For many Senior Database Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $86K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $96K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $107K. 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 $109K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Database Administrators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+16 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver.

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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 651 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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