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Database Administrators Pay Salary

The median annual wage of database administrators (DBAs) was $73,490 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,570, and the top 10 percent earned more than $115,660.

The wages for DBAs vary with the industry in which they work:

Computer systems design and related services$82,820
Finance and insurance81,640
Federal, state, and local government 69,320
Health care and social assistance65,380
Educational services62,580

Almost all database administrators work full time, and about 25 percent work more than 40 hours per week.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition