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Database Administrators

Other names for this job might include Automatic Data Processing Planner (ADP Planner), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Computer Architect, Data Administrator, Data Architect, Data Base Design Analyst, Data Center Manager, Data Management Associate, Data Management Information Technology Specialist, Data Miner

  • $87130
  • 72%
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How Much Do Database Administrators Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Database Administrators make.

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Average salary

Annual salary
$87130 per year
Hourly wage
$41.890 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Database Administrators make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Database Administrators is $87130. Their salary can also be as low as $47300 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $129930 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $41.890 and can range from $22.740 to $62.470 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Database Administrator will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Database Administrators make with other careers, they have a salary rank of A.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$62.470$129930
Senior (Top 25%)$52.860$109940
Middle (Mid 50%)$40.840$84950
Junior (Bottom 25%)$29.970$62350
No experience (Bottom 10%)$22.740$47300

Entry-level Database Administrators who starts out at $62350 can expect to make $84950 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $22.740 per hour while the top 10% makes over $62.470 per hour.

While the median wage is $84950 per annum or $40.840 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures47.5598900
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation47.0497840
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers46.7997310
Other Financial Investment Activities46.6396990
Natural Gas Distribution46.5896890
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing46.5796870
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities46.3796450
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing46.1495970
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage45.9695590
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing45.5594750
Scheduled Air Transportation45.5494720
Support Activities for Mining45.4794580
Air Transportation45.3994420
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers45.2694130
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation45.0393660
Other Pipeline Transportation44.9593490
Activities Related to Real Estate44.2392000
Hardware Manufacturing44.0891690
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank43.9691430
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing43.9291350
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution43.7490980
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing43.7490980
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities43.5790630
Nondepository Credit Intermediation43.490280
Support Activities for Water Transportation43.3790220
Cable and Other Subscription Programming43.3690200
Depository Credit Intermediation43.2589960
Computer Systems Design and Related Services43.1889810
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing43.0789590
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers43.0189460
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation42.7888990
Finance and Insurance42.7788960
Wired Telecommunications Carriers42.7588910
Oil and Gas Extraction42.5688520
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses42.488200
Other Information Services42.488180
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing42.3688120
Nonstore Retailers42.2587870
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences42.2387840
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing42.1387620
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services42.187560
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations42.0887520
Software Publishers42.0387430
Scientific Research and Development Services41.9887310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services41.7386810
Management of Companies and Enterprises41.7286780
Miscellaneous Manufacturing41.5286350
Television Broadcasting41.3986100
Lessors of Real Estate41.2785840
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing41.2585800
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services41.2585790
Insurance Carriers41.1485580
Specialty Trade Contractors41.1185510
Broadcasting (except Internet)41.0185300
Pipeline Transportation4185270
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services40.8985050
Rail Transportation40.7684770
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities40.7584760
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers40.7484740
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods40.784660
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers40.784660
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing40.5984420
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages40.5484330
Communications Equipment Manufacturing40.5484320
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services40.4984220
All industries, private ownership only40.4484100
Publishing Industries (except Internet)40.4184050
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers40.3883990
Electronics and Appliance Stores40.3283870
Wholesale Trade40.2383680
Building Equipment Contractors40.1883580
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries40.183400
Real Estate40.0183210
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries39.9683120
Employment Services39.9583100
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers39.9583090
Retail Trade39.9383040
Radio and Television Broadcasting39.8982970
Motion Picture and Video Industries39.8682900
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities39.8482870
Basic Chemical Manufacturing39.7782710
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas39.7482650
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds39.6982550
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities39.6382440
Chemical Manufacturing39.6282410
All industries39.5682280
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers39.4982130
Miscellaneous Store Retailers39.4682080
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)39.4282000
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing39.3481830
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events39.3281780
Other Insurance Related Activities39.2181560
Travel Agencies39.181320
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing39.0581220
Other Telecommunications39.0281160
Machinery Manufacturing38.8380760
Engineering Services38.7980670
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods38.7180530
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing38.6480360
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers38.5980260
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles38.4379930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services38.3279700
Legal Services38.379660
Office Administrative Services38.2779600
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing38.2679570
Administrative and Support Services38.1879410
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services38.1779390
Construction of Buildings38.0879200
Newspaper Publishers38.0479130
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing3879040
Offices of Other Health Practitioners37.9478910
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing37.8678750
Outpatient Care Centers37.8678740
Rental and Leasing Services37.8278660
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance37.7378480
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers37.4677920
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories37.3977760
Nonresidential Building Construction37.377590
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing37.377590
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services37.377580
Hospitals, State government owned37.2877540
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing37.2477460
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services37.1577260
Junior colleges, Privately owned37.1377230
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing37.0477050
Other Investment Pools and Funds3776960
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers36.9976950
Plastics Product Manufacturing36.9476830
Specialized Design Services36.9176770
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)36.8276580
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing36.876540
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing36.7976510
Paper Manufacturing36.7776480
Waste Management and Remediation Services36.7776480
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing36.6776270
Food Manufacturing36.6576240
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing36.5876100
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations36.5776060
Investigation and Security Services36.5576020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned36.5175940
Printing and Related Support Activities36.4775850
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)36.4475800
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned36.4375770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)36.4175730
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing36.3875670
Security Systems Services36.2575410
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)36.2575410
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers36.2575400
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing36.1575190
Hospitals, Privately owned36.1575180
Hospitals, Local government owned36.1375160
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned36.1275130
Educational Support Services, Privately owned36.0274920
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services36.0274910
Support Activities for Crop Production35.9474750
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services35.9374740
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)35.9374730
Ambulatory Health Care Services35.974680
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers35.8374540
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals35.6974240
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing35.5473920
Business Support Services35.5473920
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers35.4773770
Other Support Services35.4473720
Testing Laboratories35.473640
Federal, State, and Local Government35.2173240
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service35.2173240
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned35.273220
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned35.0672930
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing35.0472890
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)34.9372650
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors34.972600
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned34.8772530
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals34.772170
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation34.6472040
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)34.5771900
Other Personal Services34.5771900
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)34.5671880
Services to Buildings and Dwellings34.371350
Personal and Laundry Services34.2771270
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction34.2271170
Facilities Support Services34.271130
Radio Broadcasting34.1471020
Offices of Physicians34.0470810
Educational Services, Privately owned33.9870680
Transportation and Warehousing33.9670640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)33.8770450
State government, including schools and hospitals33.8570410
Primary Metal Manufacturing33.8470380
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned33.7770230
Support Activities for Transportation33.7470170
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing33.7370150
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting33.7170120
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry33.7170120
Truck Transportation33.669880
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service33.5469760
Local government, including schools and hospitals33.4469560
Casino Hotels33.3369330
Gambling Industries33.2169070
General Freight Trucking33.1969040
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers33.1568950
Home Health Care Services33.1368910
Telephone Call Centers33.1368900
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations33.168850
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)33.0668770
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing32.9968620
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers32.9368490
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries32.9368490
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned32.8968410
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers32.7768170
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)32.7168030
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned32.6967990
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers32.6567910
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing32.6267850
Educational Services, State government owned32.5867760
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)32.5467690
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions32.2567080
Repair and Maintenance31.9966530
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities31.9666480
Traveler Accommodation31.7766090
Freight Transportation Arrangement31.6665850
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned31.5965700
Educational Services, Local government owned31.5765670
Accommodation and Food Services31.4965500
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)31.4865480
Social Advocacy Organizations31.4765460
Grantmaking and Giving Services31.3165120
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)31.2865060
Junior colleges, Local government owned31.2665020
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers31.2264940
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing31.264890
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned31.264890
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing30.9164290
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction30.6763780
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities30.6163670
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing30.4863410
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing30.4563340
Forging and Stamping30.1362670
Federal government, including the US Postal Service29.9262230
Civic and Social Organizations29.8562090
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing29.7461850
Warehousing and Storage29.2860900
Postal Service (federal government)29.2560840
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance29.0160340
Junior colleges, State government owned28.7259730
Other Residential Care Facilities28.759700
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities28.2358720
Individual and Family Services27.9458110
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned27.4557100
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities27.3356850
Machine Shops26.9456040
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)26.7955720
Social Assistance26.5555230
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities26.4455000
Health and Personal Care Stores26.354700
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services25.3652750
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)25.3452700
Vocational Rehabilitation Services25.0852160
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned23.4248710

Not all industries pay the same for Database Administrators.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Database Administrator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at NJ may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Database Administrators are in the states of NJ, DC, CA, CO and VA. The average salary in NJ is $105450.

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Salary: $87320

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Rank: B+
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Rank: A
Salary: $68670

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