A Senior Database Administrator (DBA) earns an average salary of $97,117 per year. A skill in Oracle RAC is associated with high pay for this job. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Total Pay (?
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$69,939 - $121,965
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MEDIAN: $97,117
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Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Total Pay (?
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$36.31 - $87.83
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MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,939 - $121,965  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,836  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $12,311  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,505  
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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$71,316 - $131,235  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,787
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$36.31 - $87.83  
   
Overtime
$26.64 - $84.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,836  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,505  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $12,311  
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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$71,316 - $131,235  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,787
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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
  • Monitor and optimize system performance using index tuning, disk optimization, and other methods.
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain a database system.
  • Implement, configure, and troubleshoot database instances, replication, backup, partitions, storage, and access.
  • Set user privileges within the database environment.
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Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

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$100,000

Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

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Gender
Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
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1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
16%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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