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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Database Administrator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,480
25th Percentile Wage
$63,850
50th Percentile Wage
$87,020
75th Percentile Wage
$112,700
90th Percentile Wage
$132,420

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 $132,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $87,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,480. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 173% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of database administrators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$87,020
2.38% 11.42%
2016
$84,950
3.81% -
2015
$81,710
1.75% -
2014
$80,280
2.19% -
2013
$78,520
1.83% -
2012
$77,080
- -

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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $97,080. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $64,670).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$97,080
Mining
$95,370
Utilities
$93,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$93,080
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$92,840
Information
$92,750
Retail Trade
$89,880
Manufacturing
$87,040
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$84,950
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$81,850
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$81,590
Wholesale Trade
$81,030
Construction
$80,780
Federal, State, and Local Government
$78,160
Health Care and Social Assistance
$73,160
Educational Services
$72,230
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$71,300
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$70,560
Accommodation and Food Services
$68,600
Transportation and Warehousing
$64,670

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 $46,980 to $104,840. The highest paying state for database administrators is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $104,840. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $46,980. 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
$104,840
Washington
$101,180
Connecticut
$97,070
California
$95,500
Virginia
$94,900
Colorado
$94,540
District of Columbia
$94,210
Utah
$94,180
Rhode Island
$93,210
New Hampshire
$93,140
Illinois
$90,900
New York
$90,590
North Carolina
$90,430
Hawaii
$90,130
Massachusetts
$88,620
Texas
$88,290
Georgia
$88,070
Missouri
$87,750
Delaware
$87,340
Minnesota
$87,090
Arizona
$86,240
Nevada
$86,080
Iowa
$85,970
Oregon
$85,460
Michigan
$84,420
Maryland
$84,410
Ohio
$83,270
Nebraska
$82,830
Florida
$82,160
Alabama
$81,290
Kansas
$80,850
Wisconsin
$80,010
Pennsylvania
$79,780
Tennessee
$79,060
Louisiana
$79,010
Alaska
$77,210
Arkansas
$74,870
New Mexico
$74,630
Kentucky
$73,010
Maine
$72,400
Vermont
$70,950
South Dakota
$70,820
Indiana
$70,580
North Dakota
$67,400
South Carolina
$67,160
Mississippi
$66,240
Virgin Islands
$65,130
Oklahoma
$64,150
West Virginia
$62,540
Montana
$59,620
Wyoming
$57,520
Idaho
$51,790
Puerto Rico
$46,980



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