Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Compensation for Senior Database Administrators in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($100K). Incomes of Senior Database Administrators vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $15K cause paychecks to spread between $75K on the low end and $137K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Male Senior Database Administrators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Work is enjoyable for Senior Database Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,028 - $126,478
(Median)
$74K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $100,442
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$32.24 - $88.20
(Median)
$32
$59
$88
MEDIAN: $58.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,028 - $126,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,157  
Profit Sharing
$875 - $15,072  
Commission
$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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$75,387 - $136,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,650
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$32.24 - $88.20  
   
Overtime
$7.93 - $90.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,157  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$875 - $15,072  
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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$75,387 - $136,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 311
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Data Architect. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Senior Database Administrators most often advance into Database Administration Manager and Information Technology Manager positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $27K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Dominating the field, Oracle Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Database Administrators. Senior Database Administrators flock to Visa, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $128K lead the pack in compensation. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($122K), Safeway, Inc. ($121K), and Wipro ($113K).

With a median salary of $89K, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp provides Senior Database Administrators with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $114K, limiting employee salary growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Hewlett-Packard Company ($90K), HP Enterprise Services ($93K), and Lockheed Martin Corp ($95K).

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Senior Database Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Internet Information Server, Microsoft Office, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those proficient in Microsoft SQL Server are, more often than not, also skilled in Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i. Those who learned SQL also tend to 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 Senior Database Administrators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $85K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $98K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $109K. 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 $110K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,031

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Database Administrators, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and New York (+9 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 3 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



National Average
$104,000



Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 595 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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