Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Senior Database Administrators in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $99K per year on average. 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 important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Senior Database Administrators who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Senior Database Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,115 - $124,543
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$72K
$99K
$120K
MEDIAN: $98,795
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$36.98 - $87.35
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$37
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MEDIAN: $58.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,115 - $124,543  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,978  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $14,575  
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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$73,709 - $134,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,451
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Hourly Rate
$36.98 - $87.35  
   
Overtime
$7.70 - $88.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,978  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $14,575  
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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$73,709 - $134,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273

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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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As Senior Database Administrators transition into upper-level roles like Database Architects, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Database Architects earn the same amount as Senior Database Administrators on average. Many Senior Database Administrators go on to become Database Administration Managers or Information Technology Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $1K lower and $26K lower, respectively.

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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 salaries only range from $114K to just $142K, Safeway, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $121K. Senior Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries at Wipro (+$113K), Oracle Corp. (+$107K), and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) (+$107K).

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $79K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $62K and $110K. Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $85K, $93K, and $97K.

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Survey results imply that Senior Database Administrators deploy a deep pool of 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 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Internet Information Server, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Microsoft SQL Server indicates knowledge of Oracle.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $85K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $96K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $107K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $108K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Database Administrators, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Senior Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



National Average
$102,000



Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 673 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
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%