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Working As A Senior Database Engineer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $108,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Database Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Senior Database Engineer
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Solutions Architect Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Senior Manager Director Of Analytics
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Lead Data Architect Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Enterprise Architect Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Enterprise Architect Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Information Systems Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Database Engineer
Consultant 4.2%
Programmer 2.5%
Top Careers After Senior Database Engineer
Consultant 4.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$108,000
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$81,000
Min 10%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$145,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
eBay
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Senior Database Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Database Engineer in the United States is $108,968 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $81,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $145,000.

Real Senior Database Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Database Platform Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Nov 19, 2015 $250,000
SR. Database Engineer Ciber, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 14, 2016 $180,960
Senior Database Engineer Elastica, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 09, 2015 $180,000
Senior MTS, Database Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 04, 2015 $174,000
Senior Database Engineer Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 04, 2016 $168,147 -
$183,000
Senior Database Engineer BDNA Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 31, 2016 $164,382
Senior Database Platform Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Aug 08, 2016 $164,382
Senior Database Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 23, 2016 $158,000
Senior Database Engineer Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Oct 25, 2016 $155,000
Senior Database Engineer Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $155,000
Senior Database Operation Engineer Box, Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 04, 2016 $150,000
Senior Database Operation Engineer Box, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 27, 2016 $150,000
SR. Database Engineer GREE International, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $150,000 -
$165,000
Senior Database Engineer-GEC Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 16, 2016 $145,000
Senior Database Engineer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Dec 14, 2015 $124,308 -
$135,000
Senior Database Engineer-Associate Director Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Jun 23, 2015 $122,470 -
$137,019
Senior Database Engineer Dynamic Network Services, Inc. Manchester, NH Sep 11, 2015 $122,144
Senior Database Engineer Dynamic Network Services, Inc. Manchester, NH Sep 14, 2016 $122,144
Senior SQL Database Engineer Rightside Operating Co Kirkland, WA Jul 31, 2015 $122,000
Senior SQL Database Engineer Rightside Operating Co Kirkland, WA Aug 17, 2015 $122,000
SR. SQL Database Engineer Rightside Operating Co Kirkland, WA Aug 25, 2016 $122,000
SR. Database Engineer II Nowcom Corporation Los Angeles, CA Feb 23, 2015 $109,970 -
$120,000
SR. Database Engineer II Nowcom Corporation Los Angeles, CA Apr 06, 2015 $109,970 -
$120,000
SR. Database Engineer II Nowcom Corporation Los Angeles, CA Feb 06, 2015 $109,970 -
$120,000
Senior Database Engineer Green Dot Corporation Pasadena, CA Jul 18, 2016 $108,992
Senior Database Engineer Aktana, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $108,784 -
$128,000
Database Engineer, Senior Checkfree Services Corporation Charlotte, NC Jul 19, 2016 $108,680 -
$110,000
SR. Database Engineer Nbcuniversal Media, LLC CA Feb 23, 2015 $108,472 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Database Engineer

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed plans for data strategy, data migration, data quality and database backup/recovery.
  • Tasked with maintaining existing and creating new PL/SQL code in stored procedures, function, packages and triggers.
  • Lead the pilot batch of SQL Server Patch factory team, which applied latest SQL server updates and service packs.
  • Initiated statistical method for analyzing database and data warehouse size based on collected and parsed intranet log files.
  • Managed Package Configurations to efficiently deploy ETL Packages from Test Development Environment to Production Environment.

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  2. California
  3. Texas
  4. New Jersey
  5. Colorado
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Virginia
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Senior Database Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.6%

Female

13.6%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

51.8%

Asian

20.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

33.3%

Korean

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Senior Database Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

University of Maryland - University College

8.9%

University of Washington

8.9%

Johns Hopkins University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.6%

George Mason University

5.6%

Texas State University

4.4%

University of Miami

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.3%

Illinois State University

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.3%

Drexel University

3.3%

Queens College of the City University of New York

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

Regis University

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.4%

Business

10.6%

Computer Information Systems

8.8%

Computer Engineering

6.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.4%

Information Systems

5.2%

Information Technology

4.9%

Computer Applications

4.1%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Mathematics

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Economics

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Physics

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Chemistry

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

40.3%

Bachelors

39.1%

Other

11.1%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.9%
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