Qualified database administrators with sufficient experience and education will be well compensated, regardless of specific area of expertise. The earnings picture has shifted since the earlier days of the tech boom, but as data storage, database management and security have become a more critical part of the technology infrastructure in all industries, both the job market and salaries have remained strong for database administration professionals.
Factors Affecting Database Administration Salaries
A database administrator's earnings will vary depending on a number of factors ranging from level of experience to the geographic location of the job. Not surprisingly, the San Jose, California region, which includes the traditional tech-industry mecca of Silicon Valley, was the top-paying metropolitan area in for database administration, boasting a median annual salary of $102,160.
In comparison, Little Rock, Arkansas—a region also employing a large number of database administrators—pays a median salary of $61,460, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Database Administrator Salaries by Job Title
Whether you work in database design, storage management, data warehousing or another area of database administration, your area of expertise will affect your salary. However, all subfields of database administration have recently been in high demand, especially those concerned with security and efficiency.
|Database Administrator Job||Median Annual Salary*|
|Database Administration Manager||$123,701|
|Oracle Database Administrator||$108,492|
|Client / Server Database Administrator||$99,136|
|Senior Database Administrator||$107,532|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17; Database Administrator; Salary.com January 2016 Database Administration Manager; Oracle Database Administrator; Client/Server Database Administrator; Database Administrator, Sr.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.