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Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Senior Database Administrators in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Database Administrators vary widely between $74K and $135K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Senior Database Administrators are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Database Administrators is high.

$72,587 - $124,847
(Median)
$73K
$99K
$120K
MEDIAN: $99,206
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$37.81 - $86.99
(Median)
$38
$59
$87
MEDIAN: $58.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,587 - $124,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,997  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $14,524  
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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$74,279 - $135,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$37.81 - $86.99  
   
Overtime
$7.79 - $88.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,997  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $14,524  
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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$74,279 - $135,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275

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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. Senior Database Administrators most often move into positions as Database Administration Managers or Information Technology Managers. Database Administration Managers actually earn $2K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $27K less per year than Senior Database Administrators do.

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Oracle Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Safeway, Inc. are top-notch employers for Senior Database Administrators in this area. Employees at Safeway, Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $121K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $114K and higher ones not far away at only $142K. Also paying near the top of the field are Wipro at $113K, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) at $113K, and Oracle Corp., where Senior Database Administrators annually earn $108K.

Although Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp hands out the lowest average salary in town at $79K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $62K or as much as $110K. Workers at Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services, and Hewlett-Packard Company also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $85K, $93K, and $99K respectively.

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Senior Database Administrators report using a large range 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 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Internet Information Server, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $97K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $107K. Senior Database Administrators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $109K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



Linux
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Oracle
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$103,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 640 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
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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