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2008 Oracle DBA salary survey

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonApril 12,  2015

IOUG has released their 2015 salary survey, and Oracle DBA salaries are up for 2015 despite the economic downturn.

In 2015, the market has become more competitive, and the typical DBA has a masters degree from a good university and loads of real-world experience managing mission-critical multi-billion dollar databases.

The Computerworld interactive salary survey tool takes basic demographics (job title, industry and area, and displays DBA salary details).  Here is one for a DBA in North Carolina working in Banking, showing an average DBA salary of $106k/year:


National base of respondents with this job title: 147
Industry: Finance / Accounting
Region: Middle Atlantic
Respondents who match this profile: 4
Database administrator
(National Average)

Database administrator
(Fitting this profile)


The days of the semi-literate Oracle babysitter are gone, and the DBA profession appears to be regaining status as a choice for young executives.  Based on my knowledge of DBA salaries as a hiring agent for major American corporations, I use this rough rule-of-thumb for estimating DBA salaries in 2015:

2009 average Oracle DBA Salary = (age times 2.5)

On average, an Oracle DBA salary in the USA will be approximately age x 2.5.  If you are 24 years, old fresh out of graduate school, expect a starting DBA salary to be about $60,000-$80,000, depending on the cost of living in your area. 

As your experience increases, so does your DBA salary, such that you could expect about $100,000 per year when you are about 40 years old (age x 2.5).

Of course, there are many DBA's who earn far more then $100,000 per year, the Oracle DBA superstars who often command hundreds of dollars per hour.  Conversely, in foreign countries where functional literacy and computer science skill is not required, a DBA could earn as little as $10,000 per year.

Average Oracle DBA salaries exceed $100,000

While the typical DBA earns well over $100,000 today (about right for a high responsibility management position) there is variance in DBA salaries:

  • Large companies pay more - 34% of DBAs reported base incomes exceeding $100,000 among organizations with more than 10,000 employees.

  • Experience counts - 40% of DBAs with more than a decade of experience reported salaries exceeding $100,000.

  • Complexity matters - 44% of DBAs managing large and complex database environments reported earning more than $100,000.

  • West is best - 44% of DBAs working in the western region (including the Mountain and Pacific states) had annual salaries of more than $100,000.

For more, see my related notes on Oracle DBA salaries:

  1. DBA Salary Trends

  2. Oracle Salary Compensation

  3. New Oracle salary survey released

  4. 2007 salary survey of database professionals

  5. Remote DBA offers an attractive outsourcing option

  6. Oracle DBA salary Trends

  7. How to become an Oracle DBA

  8. Oracle salary survey released



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