The 10 States With The Highest Database Administrator Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do database administrators get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for database administrators by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for database administrators by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for database administrators after this adjustment? That would be Database Administrators.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Illinois
  3. Utah
  4. Georgia
  5. Washington
  6. Iowa
  7. North Carolina
  8. Virginia
  9. Missouri
  10. Louisiana

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for database administrators from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $100890, so our index value would be:

$100,890 * (100 / 135.9) = $74,238

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for database administrators.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Database Administrator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $105,259 $95,470 90.7
2 Illinois $101,723 $96,230 94.6
3 Utah $101,322 $94,230 93.0
4 Georgia $100,754 $92,090 91.4
5 Washington $99,524 $104,700 105.2
6 Iowa $99,494 $90,540 91.0
7 North Carolina $98,125 $92,140 93.9
8 Virginia $97,311 $98,090 100.8
9 Missouri $95,862 $86,660 90.4
10 Louisiana $95,379 $90,420 94.8
11 Ohio $95,234 $89,330 93.8
12 Michigan $94,269 $83,900 89.0
13 Kansas $91,690 $82,430 89.9
14 Alabama $91,644 $83,580 91.2
15 Delaware $91,183 $92,460 101.4
16 Arizona $90,479 $88,670 98.0
17 Minnesota $90,386 $91,110 100.8
18 New Jersey $90,369 $110,160 121.9
19 Nebraska $90,120 $82,550 91.6
20 Florida $88,372 $86,870 98.3
21 Colorado $88,063 $91,410 103.8
22 Tennessee $87,975 $78,650 89.4
23 Wisconsin $87,799 $84,990 96.8
24 Mississippi $87,334 $75,020 85.9
25 Kentucky $86,530 $78,310 90.5
26 Nevada $86,466 $89,320 103.3
27 Arkansas $84,500 $73,600 87.1
28 Pennsylvania $83,343 $84,510 101.4
29 New Mexico $83,181 $80,270 96.5
30 South Carolina $83,165 $82,500 99.2
31 Oklahoma $83,082 $74,110 89.2
32 Indiana $83,061 $74,340 89.5
33 New Hampshire $81,948 $95,880 117.0
34 Oregon $79,714 $92,150 115.6
35 Connecticut $78,754 $100,570 127.7
36 Rhode Island $76,561 $92,410 120.7
37 New York $75,572 $99,000 131.0
38 Idaho $75,222 $69,280 92.1
39 California $74,238 $100,890 135.9
40 South Dakota $74,030 $76,770 103.7
41 Massachusetts $73,928 $98,620 133.4
42 West Virginia $73,811 $68,940 93.4
43 North Dakota $71,720 $71,290 99.4
44 Maine $69,079 $76,540 110.8
45 Montana $68,720 $69,270 100.8
46 Maryland $67,920 $85,240 125.5
47 Wyoming $65,119 $59,780 91.8
48 Vermont $64,533 $78,150 121.1
49 Alaska $60,717 $79,600 131.1
50 Hawaii $53,829 $90,380 167.9
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