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.

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Historic DBA Salaries

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

 Job Title
Database Admin.
Database Developer
Database Manager
BI Analyst
Data Architect
2018 Salary
$75,750 - $156,000
$97,750 - $164,500
$107,000 - $180,000
$83,750 - $175,750
$110,000 - $184,000
2019 Salary
$77,000 - $159,250
$98,250 - $167,750
$108,000 - $183,000
$85,750 - $178,000
$111,500 - $187,750
1-Year Change
+ 1.9%
+ 1.4%
+ 1.4%
+ 1.6%
+ 1.8%

Historic salary table notes: All salaries in this table represent the U.S. national average. The lower figure in each range represents the 25th percentile of salary survey respondents (typically those new to the position or working in a less competitive market) while the higher figure in each range represents the 95th percentile (those with greater experience, specialized database skills and certifications).

pdf icon Source: Robert Half Technology 2018 and 2019 IT Salary Guides

Skills To Boost Your DBA Salary

Learn these sought-after skill sets to increase your pay in the database administrator career path and related job roles:

  • Business Intelligence (BI)
  • ETL (Extract, Transform, Load)
  • Proficiency in the leading databse management systems (DBMS) including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and IBM DB2
  • Hadoop Skills
  • Big Data

Database Administrator Salaries by State

U.S. State / Location

Average Annual DBA Wage

Average Hourly DBA Wage

Alabama
$82,740
$39.78
Alaska
$81,770
$39.31
Arizona
$85,060
$40.89
Arkansas
$78,470
$37.73
California
$95,630
$45.98
Colorado
$92,790
$44.61
Connecticut
$97,670
$46.96
Delaware
$91,430
$43.96
District of Columbia
$97,030
$46.65
Florida
$84,860
$40.80
Georgia
$89,010
$42.79
Hawaii
$89,400
$42.98
Idaho
$61,430
$29.54
Illinois
$91,730
$44.10
Indiana
$73,490
$35.33
Iowa
$85,330
$41.02
Kansas
$83,870
$40.32
Kentucky
$76,080
$36.58
Louisiana
$88,390
$42.50
Maine
$74,570
$35.85
Maryland
$87,790
$42.21
Massachusetts
$91,060
$43.78
Michigan
$84,210
$40.49
Minnesota
$88,410
$42.50
Mississippi
$71,280
$34.27
Missouri
$87,910
$42.26
Montana
$60,600
$29.14
Nebraska
$82,280
$39.56
Nevada
$87,560
$42.09
New Hampshire
$90,290
$43.41
New Jersey
$106,390
$51.15
New Mexico
$77,650
$37.33
New York
$94,330
$45.35
North Carolina
$89,120
$42.85
North Dakota
$75,710
$36.40
Ohio
$84,690
$40.72
Oklahoma
$72,580
$34.89
Oregon
$87,180
$41.91
Pennsylvania
$83,690
$40.24
Puerto Rico
$48,880
$23.50
Rhode Island
$92,180
$44.32
South Carolina
$73,840
$35.50
South Dakota
$73,310
$35.25
Tennessee
$81,980
$39.41
Texas
$88,940
$42.76
Utah
$92,640
$44.54
Vermont
$76,860
$36.95
Virginia
$97,050
$46.66
Washington
$98,120
$47.18
West Virginia
$66,230
$31.84
Wisconsin
$81,220
$39.05
Wyoming
$61,850
$29.74
web icon Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Top 5 Highest Paying Cities for Database Administrators:

  1. Trenton, New Jersey | $110,000
  2. San Francisco, California | $107,000
  3. Washington DC Metro Area | $105,000
  4. New York City, New York | $103,000
  5. Seattle, Washington | $102,000
web icon Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Database Salaries by DBMS & Experience

  • Junior Database Administrator: $61,000
  • Database Administrator: $78,000
  • SQL Database Administrator: $88,000
  • Microsoft SQL Server Database Administrator: $91,000
  • Senior Database Administrator: $105,000
  • IBM DB2 Database Admin: $107,000
  • Certified MySQL Database Administrator: $110,000
  • Oracle Database Administrator: $111,000
  • Database Administration Manager: $112,000
web icon Source: Payscale.com

Database Administrator Salary vs. Other IT Job Roles

  • Technology Manager: $142,063
  • Systems Architect: $129,952
  • Product Manager: $114,174
  • DevOps Engineer: $111,683
  • Software Engineer: $110,989
  • Hardware Engineer: $110,972
  • IT Project Manager: $110,925
  • Cyber Security Engineer: $110,716
  • Applications Developer: $105,202
  • Security Analyst: $103,597
  • Database Administrator: $103,473
  • Data Scientist: $95,404
  • Business Analyst: $94,926
  • Computer Programmer: $91,404
  • Network Engineer: $88,280
  • Web Developer: $82,765
  • Systems Administrator: $82,624
  • Technical Support: $60,600
  • Help Desk Technician: $45,709
  • PC Service & Repair: $41,310
pdf icon Source: 2019 Tech Salary Report by Dice.com

Database Administration Training

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