Database administrator earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Database administrator salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $101,240
New Jersey $110,150
Washington $109,030
Connecticut $100,180
Idaho $68,962
New York $94,460
Iowa $90,540
Massachusetts $97,880
Rhode Island $92,410
Virginia $96,090
New Hampshire $96,400
District of Columbia $92,100
Texas $93,200
Utah $95,600
Delaware $88,750
Oregon $93,310
North Carolina $93,280
Georgia $92,020
Colorado $92,260
Tennessee $78,650
Minnesota $90,100
Louisiana $80,020
Arizona $80,393
Kansas $82,430
Ohio $89,980
Nevada $87,180
Illinois $80,835
Kentucky $78,310
Florida $85,470
Missouri $84,610
Maryland $80,310
Alabama $78,114
Wisconsin $84,380
Michigan $82,710
Indiana $74,340
Nebraska $83,690
South Carolina $78,270
Hawaii $76,334
New Mexico $76,370
Arkansas $72,980
Alaska $79,240
Vermont $72,990
Pennsylvania $70,483
South Dakota $75,880
Maine $73,120
Mississippi $67,760
Oklahoma $66,270
North Dakota $66,890
Montana $62,850
West Virginia $66,290
Wyoming $55,330
Puerto Rico $45,310

How much does a Database Administrator earn?

In the IT world, database administrator salaries are amongst the highest base wages. Experienced database administrators and database managers can have salaries well into the six-figure range. Database administration is a sought after career offering top salary potential and significant opportunities to move upwards, regardless of industry and/or database system specialization(s).

Geography can play a significant role in entry-level database administrator salaries. States with a large number of database administrators typically start their administrators at a higher salary. The five states with the largest number of database administrators are California, Texas, New York, Virginia and Florida.

It may be wise to add specialized training in cyber-security to increase your starting salary. Companies routinely hire database administrators and other information technologists to secure data. This area can lead to a higher salary for a beginning database administrator, especially in companies that can't afford to hire a separate specialist. In addition, possessing a Microsoft or Oracle certification can give you a huge leg up when it comes to a strong starting salary, and it will also give you a competitive advantage over your peers.

How do database administrator salaries compare to similar careers?

Database administrators earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than computer systems engineers but more than full stack developers.

Career Median Salary
Computer systems engineer salary $90K
Games artist salary $90K
Search marketing strategist salary $90K
Operations research analyst salary $83K
Statistician salary $88K
Database administrator salary $83K
Back-End developer salary $67K
IT manager salary $79K
Distance learning coordinator salary $83K
Full stack developer salary $70K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)