Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

Senior Database Administrators in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $99K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Database Administrators varies from $75K to $135K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K each. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and geography. Job satisfaction for Senior Database Administrators is high. The vast majority of Senior Database Administrators (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,881 - $124,968

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$38.35 - $88.01

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,881 - $124,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,024  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $14,326  
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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$74,762 - $135,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$38.35 - $88.01  
   
Overtime
$7.93 - $87.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,024  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $14,326  
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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$74,762 - $135,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Database Architect. Database Architects on average make about as much as Senior Database Administrators do. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Senior Database Administrators include Oracle Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC). With a median salary of $121K, Safeway, Inc. offers Senior Database Administrators the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $114K and are capped at $142K. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($118K), Wipro ($113K), and Oracle Corp. ($108K).

The consistently lowest paying firm is Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, where the median salary is just $79K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $62K to $110K. Lockheed Martin Corp, HP Enterprise Services and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $85K, $93K, and $97K.

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 seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people familiar with Microsoft SQL Server also know Oracle DB 8i/9i/10g/ 11i. It is often found that people who know SQL are also skilled in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $85K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $107K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $109K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Database Administrators will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Senior Database Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+17 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries




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$103,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 613 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
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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