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SQL Server Database Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Administers SQL Server data systems and structures. Uses software applications and structured query language (SQL) procedures to store and organize data, such as an organization's records or financial information. Ensures that users can easily access the information they need and that data are protected from unauthorized access.

Job Outlook

There were 46 SQL Server Database Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1342 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Database Administrator industry, which includes the SQL Server Database Administrator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new SQL Server Database Administrator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $95,038.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,860.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for SQL Server Database Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $87,002.

Education and Experience

Posted SQL Server Database Administrator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3%
Bachelor's Degree75%
Master's Degree15%
Doctoral Degree3%
Other4%

Posted SQL Server Database Administrator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years6%
3 to 5 years50%
6 to 8 years26%
9+ years18%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills SQL Server Database Administrator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (47%)
  • Communication Skills (34%)
  • Planning (25%)
  • Writing (22%)
  • Problem Solving (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • SQL (98%)
  • SQL Server (94%)
  • Database Administration (83%)
  • Teradata DBA (60%)
  • Performance tuning (44%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Database Management (18%)
  • Oracle (18%)
  • Microsoft Azure (16%)
  • Relational Databases (13%)
  • Linux (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Shell Scripting (7%)
  • Oracle PL/SQL (6%)
  • PostgreSQL (6%)
  • Database Architecture (5%)
  • Server farms (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Database Architecture (5%) – marginal value $2,081
  • Database Cloning (1%) – marginal value $1,984
  • Data Architecture (3%) – marginal value $1,512

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with SQL Server Database Administrator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Sql Server Database Administrator
  • Senior Sql Server Database Administrator
  • Sql Server
  • Microsoft Sql Server Database Administrator
  • Sql Server Database Administrator/Developer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most SQL Server Database Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Cynet Systems (24)
  • Msys Incorporated (15)
  • Innosoul Inc (10)
  • CGI Group (10)
  • McKesson Corporation (9)

North Carolina

  • Cynet Systems (3)
  • N Tier Solutions (2)
  • NTT Data (2)
  • Soft Incorporated (1)
  • Robustware (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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