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Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Salaries for Senior Database Administrators in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. Total incomes of Senior Database Administrators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $14K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $73K and $133K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and geography. Most Senior Database Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Senior Database Administrators who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$71,632 - $123,469
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$72K
$98K
$120K
MEDIAN: $98,461
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$34.76 - $86.32
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$35
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$86
MEDIAN: $55.00
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Salary
$71,632 - $123,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,963  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $13,927  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$72,925 - $132,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,362
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$34.76 - $86.32  
   
Overtime
$8.21 - $87.39  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,963  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $13,927  
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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$72,925 - $132,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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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 frequently advance into Database Administration Manager and Information Technology Manager roles even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $26K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Oracle Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., and HP Enterprise Services are top-notch employers for Senior Database Administrators in this area. Senior Database Administrators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Safeway, Inc., where the average salary comes to $120K. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks at Oracle Corp. ($106K), Hewlett-Packard Company ($99K), and HP Enterprise Services ($93K).

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp offers the lowest median salary at $75K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $62K and $110K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lockheed Martin Corp ($85K), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($90K), and HP Enterprise Services ($93K).

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Survey takers working as Senior Database Administrators report using a large range of professional skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Internet Information Server, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. 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.


Senior Database Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $83K 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 $106K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $108K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Database Administrators, 19 percent above the national average. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 3 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver.

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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



National Average
$102,000



Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



UNIX
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Linux
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Oracle
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PL/SQL
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IBM DB2
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$102,000

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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 718 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
54%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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