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Working As A Senior Database Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $107,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Database Administrator 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 Senior Database Administrator

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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Senior Database Administrator Career Paths

Senior Database Administrator
Principal Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Owner Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Network Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Data Manager Clinical Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Manager Director Of Analytics
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Manager Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager Network Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Database Administrator
Consultant 4.1%
Programmer 2.7%
Top Careers After Senior Database Administrator
Consultant 4.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$107,000
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$84,000
Min 10%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
White & Case
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Senior Database Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Database Administrator in the United States is $107,317 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $84,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $136,000.

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Real Senior Database Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Big Data DBA Playtika Santa Monica, LLC Sep 15, 2016 $179,000
Lead Senior Database Administrator Wepay, Inc. Aug 15, 2016 $170,000
Senior Big Data Database Administrator Playtika Santa Monica, LLC Jun 15, 2016 $160,000
SR. Database Administrator BAHA Industries Corp. May 23, 2015 $160,000
Senior Database Administrator Bloomberg, LP Sep 30, 2015 $157,000
Senior Database Administrator Judge Technical Services, Inc. Mar 09, 2015 $156,525
Senior Database Administrator and Architect I3Logix, Inc. Oct 10, 2016 $156,000
Senior DBA Data Architect Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Jun 12, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Senior DBA Data Architect Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Dec 06, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Senior Database Administrator Netsuite Inc. May 26, 2015 $155,000
Senior DBA Data Architect Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Sep 25, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Senior Database Administrator Lendingclub Corporation May 31, 2016 $155,000
Senior Mysql Database Administrator Dreamhost LLC Oct 30, 2016 $154,995
Senior Database Administrator University of Massachusetts Sep 28, 2016 $114,217
SR. Database Administrator Altisource Solutions Inc. Jul 28, 2015 $113,976
Senior Database Administrator Genentech, Inc. Aug 20, 2016 $113,963 -
$172,600
Senior Database Administrator Expedia, Inc. Dec 27, 2016 $113,558 -
$129,224
Senior Database Administrator Expedia, Inc. Apr 07, 2016 $113,558 -
$129,224
Senior Database Administrator Expedia, Inc. Dec 24, 2016 $113,558 -
$129,224
Senior Staff-Teradata Database Administrator Charles Schwab and Company, Inc. Jul 06, 2015 $113,069 -
$132,000
Senior Database Administrator The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Nov 30, 2015 $113,000
Senior Database Administrator CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Jun 29, 2016 $98,842 -
$104,291
Senior Database Administrator CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Nov 17, 2016 $98,842
Senior Database Administrator Essence Group Holdings Corporation Sep 05, 2015 $98,670
Senior Database Administrator-Infrastructure FMR LLC Jun 30, 2015 $98,050
Senior Database Administrator at&T Services, Inc. Jan 25, 2015 $98,040
Senior Database Administrator Reliant Medical Group, Inc. Nov 10, 2016 $98,013
Senior Database Administrator Reliant Medical Group, Inc. Jul 19, 2016 $98,013

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Top Skills for A Senior Database Administrator

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Recovery Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Backup and Recovery Strategy implementation and testing scenarios utilizing triple mirroring, standby databases, Recovery Manager and Advanced Replication.
  • Validated and tuned PL/SQL and SQL queries, procedures and objects that were added to the PeopleSoft system and other databases.
  • Designed, documented, and implemented disaster recovery procedures for critical SQL Server databases to a remote third party hosting facility.
  • Developed or deployed approximately 100 custom financial and auditing reports for all departments using SQL Server Reporting Services.
  • Composed and implemented SunSupport model for DBA team ensuring effective maintenance of database servers across regions.

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Senior Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Female

18.4%

Unknown

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

49.4%

Asian

22.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.8%

German

7.3%

Cheyenne

4.9%

Mandarin

4.9%

French

4.9%

Serer

4.9%

Russian

4.9%

Cantonese

4.9%

Japanese

4.9%

Arabic

4.9%

Hindi

4.9%

Telugu

2.4%

Marathi

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Shan

2.4%

Akan

2.4%

Indonesian

2.4%

Hawaiian

2.4%

Greek

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%
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Senior Database Administrator Education

Schools

New York University

8.0%

Regis University

8.0%

University of Maryland - University College

6.5%

Northeastern University

6.5%

University of California - Irvine

5.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

DePaul University

5.1%

More Tech Institute

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.3%

Boston University

4.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.3%

National University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%

George Mason University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.0%

Business

10.1%

Management Information Systems

7.4%

Computer Applications

7.0%

Information Technology

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Computer Systems Security

5.5%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Finance

2.6%

Engineering

2.5%

Mathematics

2.2%

Accounting

1.9%

Management

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Economics

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Physics

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.1%

Masters

38.0%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

2.0%

High School Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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