Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary
Average pay for a Senior Database Administrator in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $102K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Database Administrators — including $16K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $75K to $141K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. For the most part, Senior Database Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. There are far more male Senior Database Administrators survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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 Database Administration Manager or Information Technology Manager roles. However, the former pays $5K less on average, and the latter pays $29K less.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)
Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Database Administrators, Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) are leading firms in the industry. For Senior Database Administrators, comfortable salaries can be found at Visa, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $128K, the highest in the area. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks at Safeway, Inc. ($121K), Wipro ($113K), and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($108K).
With a median salary of $90K, Hewlett-Packard Company provides Senior Database Administrators with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $136K, limiting employee salary growth. 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)
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle RAC, Oracle, UNIX, and Oracle 11g are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Transact-SQL. It is not unusual for someone who knows Microsoft SQL Server to be familiar with SQL as well.
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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $87K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $100K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $111K. Senior Database Administrators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $116K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Senior Database Administrators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+12 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.