Database administrators are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, database administrators rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 19% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy database administrators are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Operations research analyst
2.9
$85k
Technical writer
2.8
$65k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are database administrators happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do database administrators find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as database administrators?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are database administrator’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are database administrators making the best use of their abilities?

Are database administrators happy with their salary?