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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

15-1242 Database Administrators

Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. Identify, investigate, and resolve database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases. Excludes “Information Security Analysts” (15-1212) and “Database Architects” (15-1243).


National estimates for Database Administrators
Industry profile for Database Administrators
Geographic profile for Database Administrators

National estimates for Database Administrators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Database Administrators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
85,870 1.5 % $ 46.42 $ 96,550 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Database Administrators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.50 $ 30.36 $ 46.50 $ 59.88 $ 72.79
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,880 $ 63,160 $ 96,710 $ 124,550 $ 151,400


Industry profile for Database Administrators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Database Administrators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Database Administrators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Database Administrators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 11,720 0.52 $ 49.80 $ 103,570
Management of Companies and Enterprises 7,240 0.29 $ 50.24 $ 104,500
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,110 0.14 $ 39.85 $ 82,890
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 4,030 1.07 $ 46.60 $ 96,930
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,230 0.21 $ 43.85 $ 91,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Database Administrators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 4,030 1.07 $ 46.60 $ 96,930
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 130 0.64 $ 66.73 $ 138,800
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 290 0.60 $ 34.52 $ 71,810
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 11,720 0.52 $ 49.80 $ 103,570
Grantmaking and Giving Services 640 0.46 $ 31.32 $ 65,150

Top paying industries for Database Administrators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 130 0.64 $ 66.73 $ 138,800
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 320 0.09 $ 62.96 $ 130,950
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 240 0.16 $ 61.75 $ 128,440
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 2,110 0.22 $ 59.38 $ 123,500
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 30 0.03 $ 58.43 $ 121,530


Geographic profile for Database Administrators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Database Administrators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Database Administrators, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of database administrators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Database Administrators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,200 0.50 0.81 $ 51.08 $ 106,250
Texas 7,070 0.58 0.95 $ 47.56 $ 98,910
Illinois 5,380 0.96 1.57 $ 46.97 $ 97,700
Virginia 5,230 1.39 2.28 $ 48.52 $ 100,930
New York 4,940 0.57 0.93 $ 51.57 $ 107,260


Map of location quotient of database administrators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Database Administrators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 730 1.69 2.76 $ 45.49 $ 94,630
Virginia 5,230 1.39 2.28 $ 48.52 $ 100,930
Alabama 2,210 1.15 1.88 $ 39.78 $ 82,730
Illinois 5,380 0.96 1.57 $ 46.97 $ 97,700
Utah 1,400 0.90 1.48 $ 43.68 $ 90,850


Map of annual mean wages of database administrators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Database Administrators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 2,320 0.60 0.99 $ 60.06 $ 124,930
Massachusetts 2,670 0.79 1.29 $ 54.69 $ 113,750
Washington 2,310 0.72 1.18 $ 52.64 $ 109,490
New York 4,940 0.57 0.93 $ 51.57 $ 107,260
Rhode Island 320 0.71 1.16 $ 51.46 $ 107,040



Map of employment of database administrators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Database Administrators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,120 0.59 0.97 $ 57.44 $ 119,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,490 1.53 2.51 $ 50.83 $ 105,730
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,360 1.03 1.69 $ 48.06 $ 99,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,010 1.16 1.91 $ 43.14 $ 89,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,680 0.47 0.77 $ 49.27 $ 102,480
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,620 0.73 1.20 $ 49.55 $ 103,070
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,330 0.90 1.48 $ 56.12 $ 116,720
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,300 0.87 1.42 $ 43.99 $ 91,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,710 0.59 0.97 $ 48.22 $ 100,290
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,610 0.84 1.38 $ 57.35 $ 119,280


Map of location quotient of database administrators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Database Administrators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montgomery, AL 490 3.21 5.27 $ 39.25 $ 81,630
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 290 2.62 4.29 $ 46.46 $ 96,630
Jefferson City, MO 150 2.04 3.35 $ 35.13 $ 73,070
Trenton, NJ 360 1.57 2.58 $ 59.39 $ 123,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,490 1.53 2.51 $ 50.83 $ 105,730
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 740 1.53 2.51 $ 42.40 $ 88,200
Tallahassee, FL 260 1.53 2.50 $ 33.56 $ 69,810
Huntsville, AL 320 1.40 2.29 $ 43.77 $ 91,040
Columbus, GA-AL 150 1.34 2.21 $ 46.65 $ 97,040
California-Lexington Park, MD 60 1.28 2.11 $ 48.84 $ 101,580


Map of annual mean wages of database administrators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Database Administrators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Trenton, NJ 360 1.57 2.58 $ 59.39 $ 123,540
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,050 0.98 1.61 $ 58.38 $ 121,430
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,540 0.69 1.13 $ 57.83 $ 120,280
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,120 0.59 0.97 $ 57.44 $ 119,470
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,610 0.84 1.38 $ 57.35 $ 119,280
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,330 0.90 1.48 $ 56.12 $ 116,720
Manchester, NH 30 0.30 0.49 $ 55.75 $ 115,960
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 30 0.19 0.31 $ 54.94 $ 114,280
Portland-South Portland, ME 110 0.56 0.91 $ 54.83 $ 114,040
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 210 0.55 0.91 $ 53.97 $ 112,270

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Database Administrators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 1.14 $ 35.08 $ 72,970
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.73 1.19 $ 54.43 $ 113,220
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 0.94 $ 32.24 $ 67,060
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.68 1.11 $ 28.33 $ 58,920
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.89 1.46 $ 45.82 $ 95,300

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Database Administrators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.89 1.46 $ 45.82 $ 95,300
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.83 1.37 $ 38.30 $ 79,660
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 1.29 $ 32.28 $ 67,150
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.73 1.19 $ 54.43 $ 113,220
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 1.14 $ 35.08 $ 72,970

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Database Administrators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.73 1.19 $ 54.43 $ 113,220
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 0.44 $ 45.97 $ 95,610
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.89 1.46 $ 45.82 $ 95,300
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 0.76 $ 45.75 $ 95,160
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.30 $ 44.04 $ 91,600


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022