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. The range in cash compensation to Senior Database Administrators ($75K to $135K) includes potential earnings of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though years of experience and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Senior Database Administrators is high. The vast majority (86 percent) of Senior Database Administrators who answered the questionnaire are male. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,687 - $124,941
(Median)
$73K
$99K
$120K
MEDIAN: $99,425
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$38.33 - $88.98
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$38
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$89
MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,687 - $124,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,046  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $14,468  
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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$74,554 - $135,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,469
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$38.33 - $88.98  
   
Overtime
$8.00 - $87.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,046  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $14,468  
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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$74,554 - $135,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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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 Database Architect position pays around the same amount as the Senior Database Administrator job on average. A lot of Senior Database Administrators advance their careers by becoming Database Administration Managers and Information Technology Managers. However, those positions offer $2K less and $27K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Senior Database Administrators flock to Oracle Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Safeway, Inc., and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Wipro, and Oracle Corp. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Database Administrators earning around $118K, $113K, or $108K at each firm, respectively.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp offers the least money; the median income there is just $79K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $62K and $110K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Lockheed Martin Corp ($85K), HP Enterprise Services ($93K), and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($97K).

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Senior Database Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Microsoft SQL Server are, more often than not, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Database Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $86K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $97K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $107K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $110K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Database Administrators, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+17 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver.

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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 617 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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