What does a Principal Database Administrator do?

Database administrators ensure a company’s database is operational, secure, and searchable by building database systems according to the specialized roles of their users, and with regard to the end-users’ needs and views. They are responsible for the storing, organizing, presenting, and usage and analysis of the company’s database management software. They strive to meet the company’s storage and database needs through implementation of new databases or by integrating existing data from old to new systems. They also perform tests or modifications to ensure that a database runs and performs correctly.

Database administrators solve problems by troubleshooting programs or hardware to fix issues that arise. They routinely discuss and coordinate security measures with both the companies where they work and other administrators. They will use software to store and organize data and to ensure the data in their view is both secure from unauthorized access and simultaneously readily available for authorized users. As collaborators with data analysts, they ensure relevant parties can easily access the databases. Database administrators need a bachelor’s degree in information or computer science and often need a master’s degree in database information or information technology.

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EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Principal Database Administrator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$83,376 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$54K
Median: $83K
$128K
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Principal Database Administrator Career Path

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Principal Database Administrator Insights

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InfosenseglobalInfosenseglobal
Oracle Applications Database Administrator Consultant
Aug. 12, 2019

“5.> For increment policy there are not any good increment policy or not good increment happened.”

University of Colorado BoulderUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Senior Database Administrator
May 5, 2020

“Team was great and they were very talented some of the best to work with.”

Modern Language AssociationModern Language Association
Bibliographic Database
Oct. 8, 2020

“My supervisors at the MLA trained me thoroughly and I felt fully prepared to take on my tasks.”

Macy'sMacy's
Database Administrator
Sep. 29, 2020

“Full of dedicated people willing to do what it takes to get the job done.”

Community College of Baltimore CountyCommunity College of Baltimore County
Database Administrator
Jan. 20, 2020

“Job itself is not hard most days but don't expect to get any respect as a professional.”

General Motors (GM)General Motors (GM)
Database Administrator
May 16, 2021

“Meaning that you have a chance of getting a great manager or a terrible manager.”

CTSCTS
Mysql Database Administrator
Jun. 26, 2020

“Salary on time i dont see much apart from that. it is my personal opinion.”

University of CalgaryUniversity of Calgary
Database Manager
Jan. 4, 2021

“Pay can be good if your supervisor has a good grant because then you may be able to negotiate good pay.”

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