Average Senior Database Administrator (DBA) Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Database Administrator (DBA) is $104,719.
MEDIAN $104,719
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$78k - $132k
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$495 - $12k
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$78k - $144k

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Job Description for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

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.
The top respondents for the job title Senior Database Administrator (DBA) are from the companies Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. Reported salaries are highest at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. where the average pay is $115,421. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Centene Corporation and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, earning around $108,562 and $104,762, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $88,923. Hewlett-Packard Company and Corelogic, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $88,948 and $101,546, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

Skills in SQL, Oracle and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Database Administrator (DBA)

An early career Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $84,136 based on 224 salaries. A mid-career Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,854 based on 931 salaries. An experienced Senior Database Administrator (DBA) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $108,304 based on 1,607 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $113,706.
Employees with Senior Database Administrator (DBA) in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 17.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (10.8% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (9.9% more).

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