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Database Administrator Salary in U.S.

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 2018 and published in April 2019 [1].

Table 1. Database Administrator Salary in U.S. (2018 survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,340
25th Percentile Wage
$66,200
50th Percentile Wage
$90,070
75th Percentile Wage
$116,060
90th Percentile Wage
$138,320

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 $138,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $90,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,340. 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.

Median salary trend (2012 to 2018)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of database administrators from 2012 to 2018.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth6-Year Growth
2018
$90,070
3.39% 14.42%
2017
$87,020
2.38% -
2016
$84,950
3.81% -
2015
$81,710
1.75% -
2014
$80,280
2.19% -
2013
$78,520
1.83% -
2012
$77,080
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Table 2. Database Administrator Salary by Industry Sector (2018 survey)

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 mining sector with an annual salary $101,870. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $68,760).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$101,870
Finance and Insurance
$101,200
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$97,340
Information
$96,800
Utilities
$96,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,990
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$93,770
Retail Trade
$93,110
Manufacturing
$90,690
Wholesale Trade
$88,460
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$87,190
Construction
$85,030
Federal, State, and Local Government
$80,270
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$79,500
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$75,940
Health Care and Social Assistance
$75,830
Educational Services
$74,720
Accommodation and Food Services
$70,500
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$69,040
Transportation and Warehousing
$68,760

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Database Administrators by States (2018 survey)

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 $45,310 to $110,150. The highest paying state for database administrators is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $110,150. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $45,310. 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
$110,150
Washington
$109,030
California
$101,240
Connecticut
$100,180
Massachusetts
$97,880
New Hampshire
$96,400
Illinois
$96,170
Virginia
$96,090
Utah
$95,600
New York
$94,460
Rhode Island
$93,780
Oregon
$93,310
North Carolina
$93,280
Texas
$93,200
Colorado
$92,260
District of Columbia
$92,100
Georgia
$92,020
Hawaii
$91,490
Iowa
$91,400
Minnesota
$90,100
Ohio
$89,980
Delaware
$88,750
Arizona
$88,610
Nevada
$87,180
Florida
$85,470
Missouri
$84,610
Wisconsin
$84,380
Nebraska
$83,690
Michigan
$82,710
Pennsylvania
$81,170
Alabama
$80,660
Maryland
$80,310
Louisiana
$80,020
Alaska
$79,240
Kansas
$78,400
South Carolina
$78,270
Tennessee
$77,690
New Mexico
$76,370
Kentucky
$76,050
South Dakota
$75,880
Maine
$73,120
Vermont
$72,990
Arkansas
$72,980
Indiana
$71,960
Mississippi
$67,760
North Dakota
$66,890
West Virginia
$66,290
Oklahoma
$66,270
Virgin Islands
$65,130
Idaho
$64,160
Montana
$62,850
Wyoming
$55,330
Puerto Rico
$45,310



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