Database Administrator Salary Range

Database administrator salaries are among the highest base wages in IT, and experienced DBAs and database managers can earn well into the six-figure range. Here is a dynamic look at the database administrator salary landscape, featuring key figures, trends and analyses of the leading salary surveys and national employment data. Explore the database administrator job description for a deep-dive into this career path.

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Historic DBA Salaries

Average salary range for database administrators and related IT professionals for the past three years:

 Job Title
Database Admin.
Database Developer
Database Manager
BI Analyst
Data Architect
2013 Salary
$83,000 - $119,500
$86,500 - $126,250
$101,750 - $140,750
$94,250 - $132,500
$104,250 - $143,500
2014 Salary
$87,500 - $126,000
$92,000 - $134,500
$107,750 - $149,000
$101,250 - $142,250
$111,750 - $153,750
2015 Salary
$91,000 - $134,750
$98,000 - $144,750
$112,250 - $160,250
$108,500 - $153,000
$119,750 - $164,750
2-Year Change
+ 11.5%
+ 14.1%
+ 12.4%
+ 15.3%
+ 14.8%

Add these percentages to the database salaries above for the following skill sets:

  • Add 7% for Oracle Database Skills
  • Add 9% for MS SQL Server Database Skills
pdf icon Source: Robert Half Technology 2015, 2014 & 2013 IT Salary Guides

Database Administrator Salaries by State

U.S. State / Location

Average Annual DBA Wage

Average Hourly DBA Wage

Alabama
$64,380
$30.95
Alaska
$78,270
$37.63
Arizona
$68,230
$32.81
Arkansas
$62,400
$30.00
California
$84,090
$40.43
Colorado
$73,420
$35.30
Connecticut
$76,760
$36.90
Delaware
$82,020
$39.43
District of Columbia
$79,450
$38.20
Florida
$71,410
$34.33
Georgia
$78,030
$37.51
Hawaii
$69,680
$33.50
Idaho
$69,190
$33.26
Illinois
$77,670
$37.34
Indiana
$63,120
$30.35
Iowa
$71,260
$34.26
Kansas
$67,910
$32.65
Kentucky
$63,020
$30.30
Louisiana
$64,800
$31.16
Maine
$67,220
$32.32
Maryland
$79,100
$38.03
Massachusetts
$80,900
$38.90
Michigan
$69,680
$33.50
Minnesota
$79,950
$38.44
Mississippi
$52,710
$25.34
Missouri
$70,570
$33.93
Montana
$53,370
$25.66
Nebraska
$72,640
$34.92
Nevada
$70,860
$34.07
New Hampshire
$81,020
$38.95
New Jersey
$82,750
$39.78
New Mexico
$69,920
$33.62
New York
$81,310
$39.09
North Carolina
$79,850
$38.39
North Dakota
$59,560
$28.64
Ohio
$71,300
$34.28
Oklahoma
$60,300
$28.99
Oregon
$74,800
$35.96
Pennsylvania
$71,850
$34.54
Puerto Rico
$45,550
$21.90
Rhode Island
$79,930
$38.43
South Carolina
$63,410
$30.49
South Dakota
$61,870
$29.74
Tennessee
$66,490
$31.97
Texas
$74,030
$35.59
Utah
$77,700
$37.36
Vermont
$62,310
$29.96
Virginia
$81,720
$39.29
Washington
$82,110
$39.48
West Virginia
$51,690
$24.85
Wisconsin
$69,030
$33.19
Wyoming
$61,290
$29.47

Top 5 Highest Paying Cities for Database Administrators:

  1. San Jose, California | $94,000
  2. Los Angeles, California | $93,000
  3. Raleigh, North Carolina | $93,000
  4. San Francisco, California | $91,000
  5. New Haven, Connecticut | $88,000
web icon Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Database Salaries by DBMS & Experience

  • Database Administrator: $83,000
  • SQL Database Administrator: $90,000
  • Senior Database Administrator: $95,000
  • MySQL Database Administrator: $94,000
  • IBM DB2 Database Admin: $97,000
  • Oracle Database Administrator: $98,000
  • Peoplesoft Database Administrator: $98,000
  • Senior SQL Database Professional: $100,000
  • Senior Oracle DBA: $104,000
  • Sybase Database Administrator: $105,000
  • Oracle Application DBA: $109,000
  • Database Admin. Team Leader: $144,000
web icon Source: Indeed.com

Database Administrator Salary vs. Other IT Job Roles

  • Help Desk/IT Support: $58,420
  • Network Management: $74,313
  • System Operations: $76,711
  • Web/Intranet/Extranet: $80,960
  • Systems Analysis: $84,734
  • Network Engineering: $87,093
  • Voice Engineering: $87,522
  • Systems Engineering: $91,026
  • Database / BI / Data Warehousing: $96,499
  • Business App Development: $99,130
  • IT Project Management: $99,489
  • Cyber Security: $101,539
  • Cloud Computing: $101,957
  • IT Architecture: $108,201
pdf icon Source: 2015 IT Salary Report by Global Knowledge & Windows IT Pro

Database Administration Training

Regardless of your industry and/or database system specialization(s), database administration is a sought after profession offering top-tier earning potential and significant opportunities for upward mobility. Start on your path to a lucrative database administrator salary today; browse our directory of database training and degree programs and connect with an admissions advisor to build your ideal learning plan.

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Course Highlights & Certifications

B.S.I.T. Database Management

  • Method: Online
  • Degree Level: Bachelor
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Learn Database Design and Administration using the latest Oracle & MS SQL Server Platforms
  • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
  • Database Development w/ Transact-SQL (T-SQL)
  • Use Microsoft Office for Increased Productivity
  • Customize this Program with Hot IT Electives in Information Security, Networking, Software Development, Web/UI Design and more

A.S. Database Programming

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Associate
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Prepare for Careers as a Database Developer, DBA or Software Application Developer
  • Develop Data-Driven Computer Systems and Applications using C, C++, C# and Java
  • Use SQL to Query, Control and Manipulate Data in Cross-Platform Business Apps
  • Data Security, Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Oracle Database Administration Training

Master of Science in Computer Science - Database Systems

  • Method: Online
  • Degree Level: Master
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's
  • Gain the Skills to Pursue Careers as a Database Designer, DBA or Data Warehouse Manager
  • Design, Support and Secure Today's Leading Open-Source and Commercial DBMSes
  • Build and Manage Data Warehouses/Data Marts and Mine for Actionable Intelligence
  • Foundational Training in Computer Science and Marketable Programming Languages

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