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Database Administrator Salary Information

The salary statistics of database administrators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of database administrators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The database administrators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Database Administrator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,300
25th Percentile Wage
$62,350
50th Percentile Wage
$84,950
75th Percentile Wage
$109,940
90th Percentile Wage
$129,930

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for database administrators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) database administrators is $129,930. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $84,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,300. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 174% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of database administrators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201684,9503.81%9.26%
201581,7101.75%-
201480,2802.19%-
201378,5201.83%-
201277,080--

Table 2. Database Administrator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of database administrators in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for database administrators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $95,090. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $59,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$95,090
Finance and Insurance
$92,850
Mining
$92,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$92,070
Information
$90,190
Retail Trade
$88,830
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$85,440
Manufacturing
$83,800
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$79,740
Construction
$77,970
Wholesale Trade
$77,690
Federal, State, and Local Government
$76,180
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$74,050
Health Care and Social Assistance
$72,100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$70,620
Educational Services
$70,470
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$68,070
Accommodation and Food Services
$67,240
Transportation and Warehousing
$59,750

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Database Administrators by States

From the above tables we note that not only database administrators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of database administrators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $49,590 to $106,330. The highest paying state for database administrators is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $106,330. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $49,590. For more salary information of database administrators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$106,330
District of Columbia
$102,890
Colorado
$96,440
Washington
$95,820
Virginia
$94,830
California
$94,040
Rhode Island
$92,590
Connecticut
$91,800
Minnesota
$90,280
Delaware
$89,930
New York
$88,110
Utah
$88,020
North Carolina
$87,470
Illinois
$86,890
Georgia
$86,180
Maryland
$86,070
Missouri
$85,800
Michigan
$85,490
Massachusetts
$84,960
Iowa
$84,940
New Hampshire
$84,220
Texas
$83,070
Arizona
$82,740
Oregon
$81,900
Tennessee
$81,470
Florida
$80,860
Hawaii
$80,820
Nebraska
$80,080
Ohio
$79,830
Pennsylvania
$78,070
Kansas
$77,960
Alabama
$77,780
Wisconsin
$75,910
Nevada
$75,660
Louisiana
$74,180
Indiana
$74,160
Alaska
$72,090
Arkansas
$72,080
North Dakota
$70,750
South Dakota
$70,150
Oklahoma
$69,110
New Mexico
$68,890
Vermont
$67,850
South Carolina
$67,670
Maine
$67,550
Kentucky
$67,200
West Virginia
$65,300
Virgin Islands
$65,130
Mississippi
$64,320
Montana
$62,830
Idaho
$59,030
Wyoming
$57,690
Puerto Rico
$49,590



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