$104,244
Avg. Salary
$58.54
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$7,834

Profit Sharing

$3,973

The average pay for a Senior Database Administrator (DBA) is $58.54 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Database Administrator (DBA) is $104,244 per year.

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$0$142K
Salary $77,641 - $131,930
Bonus $1,025 - $16,551
Profit Sharing $506 - $11,679
Total Pay (?
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$77,986 - $142,806
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,077
Hourly Data $0$91
Hourly Rate $29.31 - $87.64
Overtime $29.36 - $91.30
Annual Data $0$142K
Bonus $1,025 - $16,551
Profit Sharing $506 - $11,679
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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$77,986 - $142,806
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 306

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

  • Design, architect, and build databases from determining business requirements.
  • Write and troubleshoot complex stored procedures.
  • Develop innovation, strategies, processes, and best practices.
  • Manage and mentor small team of DBAs.
  • Work closely with programming staff on database design changes to meet business requirements.

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Pay By Employer

$0$156K

Oracle Corp.
10 profiles
$104,862

$107,929

$104,736

Wipro
7 profiles
$115,283

$117,153

$97,374

Visa, Inc.
6 profiles
$114,671

$70,000

$88,948

Common Career Paths for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


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At the upper end, Senior Database Administrators who move into a Solutions Architect role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $119K per year. Senior Database Administrators most often move into Database Administration Manager or Information Technology Manager roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $31K less.

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)


Senior Database Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle RAC, UNIX, Oracle, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and MySQL. SQL is a skill commonly found among those who know Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Pay by Experience for a Senior Database Administrator (DBA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 167 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 699 salaries. An experienced Senior Database Administrator (DBA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 1,144 salaries. A Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 417 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,301

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Senior Database Administrators that is 21 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Database Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix.

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Database Administrator (DBA)?

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) in Parsippany:
"Busy Commute, great neighbourhood."
Pros: Lots of Indian food options during lunch time
Cons: Commute

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) in Schaumburg:
"Don't Settle."
Don't settle for less than you deserve.

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) in Cedar Rapids:
"Previous DBAs level of DB experience."
Check how much knowledge your predecessor has, because you might be jumping into a DB mess. Doesn't mean to turn down the job, just know what you are getting into. Also confirm exactly what your duties will be. Spent 2 years with company constantly fixing data so could not do any DBA work and now scrambling to keep our servers online. It is also good to know what OS your DB servers run and have a good working knowledge of the basic for that OS. If your company has a support contract, like we do with Oracle, don't be afraid to submit any questions as Service Request; I have yet had any turned down. If you want to succeed long term setup monitoring tools for your server, such as Percona for MySQL, but don't setup too many "proxy" style plugins. Be honest with your boss about potential issues showing up and their potential impact, instead of blind siding them. It is a fun and rewarding career, just remember sometimes it make take a little longer than you expected to find the "fun".

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) in Los Angeles:
"Keep your Resume Updated."
Pros:
Cons: They constantly are laying off key people and replacing them with Cheaper/Less Competent offshore people. This makes our job more difficult working with unqualified people.

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) in Tampa:
"TGH."
Pros: Self-directed work, strong team, and power to manage the entire SQL environment.
Cons: Upper management transparency, nepotism, and non-sense promotions.

Senior Database Administrator (DBA) in Seattle:
"Be Proactive And Volunteer To Take On Projects."
Always be open to volunteering for stretch assignments. Volunteer to solve a problem. Research. Ask questions. Reach out and talk to peers. Be open to learning. Share your knowledge. Teach others how to find an answer. Mentor others. Spend a bit of time getting to know others in your organization as you will gain new perspectives on your business processes and priorities. Don't go too long working on a problem before asking for assistance.

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Key Stats for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 448 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
25%

Experience Affects Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$108,000

▼7%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salaries

▲9%

▲8%

▲6%

▲6%

▲5%


▲3%

SQL
▲1%


National Average
$108,000

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
▼1%



▼2%

▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 448 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 9%