Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Average pay for a Senior Database Administrator in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $100K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Database Administrators generally bottom out at around $75K and peak near $137K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $15K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Senior Database Administrators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire.

$74,028 - $126,478
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$74K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $100,442
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$32.24 - $88.20
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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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As Senior Database Administrators make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Data Architect position pays around the same amount as the Senior Database Administrator job 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)


Many Senior Database Administrators can be found at Oracle Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp, firms that are at the top of the field. Visa, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $128K on average. Other big spenders include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Safeway, Inc., and Wipro, top-paying firms where Senior Database Administrators see paychecks nearing $122K, $121K, or $113K.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp offers the least pay with a median salary of $89K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $114K. Workers at Hewlett-Packard Company, HP Enterprise Services, and Lockheed Martin Corp also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $90K, $93K, and $95K respectively.

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Internet Information Server, Microsoft Office, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those proficient in SQL are, more often than not, also skilled in Oracle. Most people experienced in Microsoft SQL Server also know Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Database Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $85K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $98K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $109K on average. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $110K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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). With compensation 3 percent below the national average, Columbus 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
$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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