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Working As A Database Administration Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Administration Manager Do

Database administrators use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.

Duties

Database administrators typically do the following:

  • Ensure that organizational data is secure
  • Back up and restore data to prevent data loss
  • Identify user needs to create and administer databases
  • Ensure that the database operates efficiently and without error
  • Make and test modifications to the database structure when needed
  • Maintain the database and update permissions
  • Merge old databases into new ones

Database administrators, often called DBAs, make sure that data analysts can easily use the database to find the information they need and that the system performs as it should. DBAs sometimes work with an organization’s management to understand the company’s data needs and to plan the goals of the database. They also may work with computer and information systems managers to provide database solutions. Database administrators are responsible for backing up systems to prevent data loss in case of a power outage or other disaster. They also ensure the integrity of the database, guaranteeing that the data stored in it come from reliable sources.

Some DBAs oversee the development of new databases. They have to determine what the needs of the database are and who will be using it. They often monitor database performance and conduct performance-tuning support. Database administrators often plan security measures, making sure that data are secure from unauthorized access. Many databases contain personal or financial information, making security important.

Many database administrators are general-purpose DBAs and have all these duties. However, some DBAs specialize in certain tasks that vary with an organization and its needs. Two common specialties are as follows:

System DBAs are responsible for the physical and technical aspects of a database, such as installing upgrades and patches to fix program bugs. They typically have a background in system architecture and ensure that the firm’s database management systems work properly.

Application DBAs support a database that has been designed for a specific application or a set of applications, such as customer-service software. Using complex programming languages, they may write or debug programs and must be able to manage the applications that work with the database. They also do all the tasks of a general DBA, but only for their particular application.

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How To Become A Database Administration Manager

Database administrators (DBAs) usually have a bachelor’s degree in an information- or computer-related subject such as computer science. Before becoming an administrator, these workers typically get work experience in a related field.

Education

Most database administrators have a bachelor’s degree in management information systems (MIS) or a computer-related field. Firms with large databases may prefer applicants who have a master’s degree focusing on data or database management, typically either in computer science, information systems, or information technology.

Database administrators need an understanding of database languages, the most common of which is Structured Query Language, commonly called SQL. Most database systems use some variation of SQL, and a DBA will need to become familiar with whichever programming language the firm uses.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is generally offered directly from software vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates the knowledge and best practices required from DBAs. Companies may require their database administrators to be certified in the products they use.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most do not begin their careers as database administrators. Many first work as database developers or data analysts. A database developer is a type of software developer who specializes in creating databases. The job of a data analyst is to interpret the information stored in a database in a way the firm can use. Depending on their specialty, data analysts can have different job titles, including financial analyst, market research analyst, and operations research analyst. After mastering one of these fields, they may become a database administrator. For more information, see the profiles on software developers, financial analysts, market research analysts, and operations research analysts.

Advancement

Database administrators can advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. DBAs must be able to monitor a database system’s performance to determine when action is needed. They must be able to evaluate complex information that comes from a variety of sources.

Communication skills. Most database administrators work on teams and must be able to communicate effectively with developers, managers, and other workers.

Detail oriented. Working with databases requires an understanding of complex systems, in which a minor error can cause major problems. For example, mixing up customers’ credit card information can cause someone to be charged for a purchase he or she didn’t make.

Logical thinking. Database administrators must make sense of data and organize it in a meaningful pattern so that it is easily retrievable.

Problem-solving skills. When problems with a database arise, administrators must be able to troubleshoot and correct the problems.

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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Manager 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Database Administration Manager
Consultant 4.9%
Programmer 2.7%
Manager 2.1%
Top Careers After Database Administration Manager
Consultant 6.0%
Manager 5.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$99,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$153,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Database Administration Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Administration Manager in the United States is $99,548 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Database Administration Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
DBA Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 27, 2014 $180,000
Manager-Database Administrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 01, 2013 $180,000
Manager, Database Administrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 06, 2014 $180,000
Database Administrator Manager Changyou.com (Us), Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 20, 2012 $172,500
Database Administrator Manager Client Network Services, Inc. Lansing, MI Sep 20, 2016 $167,832
Database Administrator (Technical Manager) Delphix Corp. San Ramon, CA Jul 12, 2015 $165,000
Manager, DBA Prosper Marketplace, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 28, 2016 $160,000
EDW DBA Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 13, 2012 $151,200
Database Admin Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Dec 09, 2015 $148,100
Manager-Database Administrator J. Crew Group, Inc. New York, NY Mar 30, 2014 $147,000
Database Administration Manager Senior Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Allen, TX Oct 11, 2015 $145,643
Database Administrator Manager Client Network Services, Inc. Rockville, MD Sep 24, 2016 $144,690
Manager, Database Administration Boston College MA Nov 17, 2014 $143,998
Database Manager/Administrator ACRO Service Corporation Indianapolis, IN Jul 03, 2016 $126,880
Database Administrator III Manager Wireless Generation, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2011 $125,000
Manager, Database Administration Murad Skin Research Laboratories, Inc. El Segundo, CA Jun 20, 2016 $124,500
Manager, Database Administrators Murad, LLC El Segundo, CA Jan 10, 2015 $124,500
Database Administrator/Architecture Manager Cigna Health & Life Insurance Company Bloomfield, CT Mar 06, 2016 $124,000
Manager, Database Administration Maximus, Inc. Rancho Cordova, CA Jan 06, 2016 $124,000 -
$130,000
Manager, Data Warehouse and Database Administrator H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Tampa, FL Oct 17, 2014 $123,198
Database Administration Manager State Street Bank and Trust Company Quincy, MA Aug 15, 2013 $123,000 -
$168,784
Manager-Software/Database Administrator Synechron, Inc. Conshohocken, PA Aug 07, 2016 $111,887
Database Administrator Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT May 13, 2016 $111,000
Database Administrator Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Apr 04, 2016 $111,000
Database Administrator Manager Cigna HLIC Windsor, CT Aug 20, 2015 $110,500
Database Administrator Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Jul 12, 2015 $110,500
Database Administrator Manager Cigna Cglic Windsor, CT Jan 17, 2012 $110,000
Database Administration Manager Timex Group USA, Inc. Middlebury, CT Aug 19, 2013 $110,000 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Database Administration Manager

  1. Database
  2. DBA
  3. Recovery Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created database standards, policies and procedures for database administrators and programmers.
  • Lead DBA efforts required to officially Beta Test Oracle Parallel Server within a Silicon Graphics Inc (SGI) Unix environment.
  • Developed and documented the data dictionary and disaster recovery procedures for the database and client applications.
  • Performed extensive PL/SQL tuning to support applications across all environments.
  • Subject matter expert for SQL Server and Oracle, database installs, database logical and physical structure, storage allocation.

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Top 10 Best States for Database Administration Managers

  1. New Jersey
  2. Washington
  3. California
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Texas
  6. Connecticut
  7. Minnesota
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Colorado
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Database Administration Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

63.0%

Female

27.8%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Asian

14.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.8%

French

15.4%

German

7.7%

Japanese

7.7%

Greek

7.7%

Burmese

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%

Korean

7.7%

Italian

7.7%
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Database Administration Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.0%

University of Maryland - University College

7.5%

DePaul University

7.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.7%

Northern Illinois University

5.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Purdue University

4.7%

University of South Florida

3.8%

University of North Texas

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.8%

Kean University

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.8%

University of Delaware

3.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%

University of Miami

3.8%

University of Alabama

2.8%

New York University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.4%

Business

19.5%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Information Technology

4.7%

Information Systems

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Management

4.2%

Accounting

3.8%

Computer Applications

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Engineering

2.5%

Psychology

2.3%

Mathematics

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.1%

Civil Engineering

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.8%

Masters

27.2%

Other

16.3%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.3%
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