Database Administrators are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as database administrators in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since database administrators are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where database administrators have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for database administrators.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s database administrators:
So there you have it — Database Administrators is the best of the best when it comes to being a database administrator.
How did Database Administrators end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for database administrators and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for database administrators in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well database administrators get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for database administrators in California is $93,960 and the average salary in Illinois is $88,670, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for database administrators in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for database administrators.
Total Jobs: 4,940
Average Annual Salary: $88,440
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,070
Average Experienced Salary: $127,830
Location Quotient: 1.45
Total Jobs: 5,830
Average Annual Salary: $96,170
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,930
Average Experienced Salary: $147,930
Location Quotient: 1.91
Total Jobs: 12,010
Average Annual Salary: $84,570
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,810
Average Experienced Salary: $127,250
Location Quotient: 1.26
Total Jobs: 2,360
Average Annual Salary: $84,840
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,260
Average Experienced Salary: $124,490
Location Quotient: 1.06
Total Jobs: 2,680
Average Annual Salary: $86,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,880
Average Experienced Salary: $125,700
Location Quotient: 0.78
Total Jobs: 940
Average Annual Salary: $88,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,210
Average Experienced Salary: $128,520
Location Quotient: 0.84
Total Jobs: 4,450
Average Annual Salary: $88,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,500
Average Experienced Salary: $129,060
Location Quotient: 0.93
Total Jobs: 610
Average Annual Salary: $91,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,800
Average Experienced Salary: $128,440
Location Quotient: 1.71
Total Jobs: 2,420
Average Annual Salary: $89,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,160
Average Experienced Salary: $127,220
Location Quotient: 1.06
Total Jobs: 980
Average Annual Salary: $81,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,620
Average Experienced Salary: $122,320
Location Quotient: 0.88
If you’re looking to start out your career as a database administrator these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
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