Period
to 21 October 2019

The median annual salary for a SQL DBA was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 October 2019.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

SQL Database Administrator
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 589 444 465
Rank change year-on-year -145 +21 -107
Permanent jobs requiring a SQL DBA 587 1,147 1,129
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.70% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.73% 0.68%
Number of salaries quoted 535 969 969
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £48,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -2.06% +2.11%
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £33,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £65,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £43,750
% change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% -2.78%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 131,018 156,893 167,207
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.66% 95.92% 95.97%
Number of salaries quoted 104,525 126,399 133,879
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

SQL DBA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured SQL DBA in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing SQL DBA.

Salary trend for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing SQL DBA over the 6 months to 21 October 2019.

Salary histogram for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SQL DBA within the UK over the 6 months to 21 October 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -138 541 £50,000 +5.26% 92
UK excluding London -142 350 £45,000 +5.88% 67
London -58 227 £60,000 +4.35% 27
South East -91 120 £47,500 +5.56% 22
North of England -65 92 £42,500 -5.56% 15
North West -21 48 £45,500 +1.11% 7
Midlands -45 47 £42,500 - 11
East of England +29 41 £42,000 -1.75% 12
Yorkshire -19 40 £42,500 +1.19% 6
Scotland +14 31 £42,500 +22.30% 1
East Midlands +10 24 £42,500 - 3
West Midlands -24 23 £42,500 - 8
South West -1 15 £45,000 +12.50% 5
North East +17 4 £36,436 -16.72% 2
Wales -2 3 £35,000 -8.62% 1
Northern Ireland -14 2 £45,000 +80.00%

SQL DBA Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2019, SQL DBA job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring SQL DBA in the job title.

1 561 (95.57%) SQL
2 539 (91.82%) SQL Server
3 260 (44.29%) T-SQL
4 233 (39.69%) Performance Tuning
5 215 (36.63%) Microsoft
6 196 (33.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 185 (31.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 185 (31.52%) Azure
8 151 (25.72%) SQL Server 2012
9 137 (23.34%) SQL Server 2016
9 137 (23.34%) Disaster Recovery
9 137 (23.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 137 (23.34%) Windows
10 128 (21.81%) Clustering
11 127 (21.64%) SQL Server 2008
12 117 (19.93%) AWS
13 114 (19.42%) Relational Database
14 112 (19.08%) High Availability
15 108 (18.40%) PowerShell
16 104 (17.72%) Replication
17 102 (17.38%) Finance
18 101 (17.21%) ETL
19 90 (15.33%) SQL Server 2014
20 88 (14.99%) Business Intelligence
21 78 (13.29%) RDBMS
22 70 (11.93%) Migration
23 69 (11.75%) Windows Server
24 67 (11.41%) Data Warehouse
25 66 (11.24%) Problem-Solving
26 65 (11.07%) ITIL

SQL DBA Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (1.70%) IIS
1 10 (1.70%) SharePoint
2 5 (0.85%) WebLogic
3 3 (0.51%) Confluence
3 3 (0.51%) OpenEdge
4 2 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.34%) JBoss
4 2 (0.34%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.34%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.17%) Apache
5 1 (0.17%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 20 (3.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.02%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.34%) InfoPath
3 2 (0.34%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 4 (0.68%) NetSuite
1 4 (0.68%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (0.51%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 185 (31.52%) Azure
2 117 (19.93%) AWS
3 47 (8.01%) Power Platform
4 12 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
5 9 (1.53%) SaaS
6 6 (1.02%) IaaS
6 6 (1.02%) PaaS
7 5 (0.85%) GCP
8 4 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (0.68%) Office 365
9 3 (0.51%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (0.51%) Azure Stack
10 2 (0.34%) Datadog
11 1 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.17%) Azure Functions
11 1 (0.17%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.19%) SAN
2 6 (1.02%) Internet
3 3 (0.51%) LAN
3 3 (0.51%) PPP
3 3 (0.51%) WAN
4 2 (0.34%) Network Security
5 1 (0.17%) DNS
5 1 (0.17%) FTP
5 1 (0.17%) HTTP
5 1 (0.17%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (0.17%) SSL
5 1 (0.17%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 539 (91.82%) SQL Server
2 196 (33.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 185 (31.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 151 (25.72%) SQL Server 2012
5 137 (23.34%) SQL Server 2016
5 137 (23.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 127 (21.64%) SQL Server 2008
7 114 (19.42%) Relational Database
8 90 (15.33%) SQL Server 2014
9 78 (13.29%) RDBMS
10 67 (11.41%) Data Warehouse
11 60 (10.22%) SQL Server 2017
12 53 (9.03%) PostgreSQL
13 47 (8.01%) Power BI
14 38 (6.47%) MySQL
15 37 (6.30%) Oracle Database
16 34 (5.79%) MongoDB
17 33 (5.62%) OLAP
18 32 (5.45%) OLTP
19 28 (4.77%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 17 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
2 14 (2.39%) Jenkins
3 12 (2.04%) Git (software)
4 11 (1.87%) Visual Studio
5 10 (1.70%) Subversion
6 7 (1.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 6 (1.02%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (1.02%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.85%) ER Studio
8 5 (0.85%) ERwin
9 3 (0.51%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.51%) JIRA
10 2 (0.34%) Oracle Forms
General
1 102 (17.38%) Finance
2 21 (3.58%) Retail
3 19 (3.24%) Banking
3 19 (3.24%) Law
4 11 (1.87%) Manufacturing
5 9 (1.53%) Back Office
5 9 (1.53%) Marketing
6 8 (1.36%) Advertising
6 8 (1.36%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.02%) Public Sector
8 4 (0.68%) Automotive
8 4 (0.68%) Military
9 3 (0.51%) Games
10 2 (0.34%) Electronics
10 2 (0.34%) Legal
11 1 (0.17%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.17%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (5.28%) .NET
2 21 (3.58%) ASP.NET
3 17 (2.90%) XML
4 10 (1.70%) Web Services
5 7 (1.19%) JSON
6 5 (0.85%) HTML
7 3 (0.51%) Middleware
7 3 (0.51%) ODBC
8 2 (0.34%) Backbone.js
8 2 (0.34%) CSS
8 2 (0.34%) jQuery
8 2 (0.34%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.17%) ActiveMQ
9 1 (0.17%) COM
9 1 (0.17%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.17%) Kafka
9 1 (0.17%) LAPP Stack
9 1 (0.17%) MDX
9 1 (0.17%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 128 (21.81%) Clustering
2 104 (17.72%) Replication
3 37 (6.30%) Self-Motivation
4 36 (6.13%) Analytical Skills
5 21 (3.58%) Enterprise Software
6 20 (3.41%) Management Information System
7 17 (2.90%) Data Centre
8 15 (2.56%) Hedge funds
9 11 (1.87%) Algorithms
10 9 (1.53%) Reinsurance
11 3 (0.51%) Cloud Native
11 3 (0.51%) Data Structures
11 3 (0.51%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.51%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.51%) Reference Data
12 2 (0.34%) e-Learning
12 2 (0.34%) FlexPod
12 2 (0.34%) Greenfield Project
13 1 (0.17%) Data Protection Act
13 1 (0.17%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 137 (23.34%) Windows
2 69 (11.75%) Windows Server
3 43 (7.33%) Linux
4 15 (2.56%) Unix
5 10 (1.70%) Solaris
5 10 (1.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.34%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.17%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 233 (39.69%) Performance Tuning
2 137 (23.34%) Disaster Recovery
3 112 (19.08%) High Availability
4 101 (17.21%) ETL
5 88 (14.99%) Business Intelligence
6 70 (11.93%) Migration
7 66 (11.24%) Problem-Solving
8 65 (11.07%) ITIL
9 63 (10.73%) Performance Monitoring
10 55 (9.37%) Agile Software Development
11 42 (7.16%) DevOps
12 41 (6.98%) Database Security
13 39 (6.64%) Continuous Improvement
13 39 (6.64%) Database Mirroring
14 38 (6.47%) Proactive Monitoring
15 37 (6.30%) Capacity Planning
16 36 (6.13%) Data Modelling
17 31 (5.28%) Task Automation
18 30 (5.11%) Change Management
19 28 (4.77%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 561 (95.57%) SQL
2 260 (44.29%) T-SQL
3 108 (18.40%) PowerShell
4 38 (6.47%) Python
5 35 (5.96%) C#
6 19 (3.24%) VBA
7 17 (2.90%) PL/SQL
8 15 (2.56%) Bash Shell
9 10 (1.70%) PHP
10 7 (1.19%) Java
11 5 (0.85%) VBScript
12 3 (0.51%) C++
12 3 (0.51%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.51%) OpenEdge ABL
12 3 (0.51%) Perl
13 2 (0.34%) C
14 1 (0.17%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 44 (7.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (6.98%) Degree
3 12 (2.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 12 (2.04%) MCSE
4 10 (1.70%) Security Cleared
5 8 (1.36%) MCDBA
6 6 (1.02%) MCP
6 6 (1.02%) MCSA
7 5 (0.85%) MCITP
7 5 (0.85%) SC Cleared
8 3 (0.51%) MCTS
9 2 (0.34%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.34%) NCIE
9 2 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.17%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.17%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.17%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (3.92%) SLA
2 15 (2.56%) QA
3 14 (2.39%) GDPR
4 5 (0.85%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.68%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 25 (4.26%) Active Directory
2 18 (3.07%) Docker
3 15 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.19%) Firmware
5 4 (0.68%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 21 (3.58%) Failover Clustering
2 19 (3.24%) Microsoft Clustering
3 13 (2.21%) Ansible
4 10 (1.70%) Grafana
5 9 (1.53%) Prometheus
6 6 (1.02%) BMC PATROL
6 6 (1.02%) Foglight
6 6 (1.02%) SCCM
6 6 (1.02%) SCOM
7 5 (0.85%) LiteSpeed
8 4 (0.68%) Data Guard
8 4 (0.68%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.68%) Tivoli
8 4 (0.68%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 3 (0.51%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.51%) Oracle Identity Manager
10 2 (0.34%) Galera Cluster
10 2 (0.34%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.34%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 215 (36.63%) Microsoft
2 65 (11.07%) Oracle
3 21 (3.58%) RedGate
3 21 (3.58%) VMware
4 12 (2.04%) ServiceNow
5 8 (1.36%) Tableau
6 7 (1.19%) IBM
6 7 (1.19%) Sage
7 6 (1.02%) BMC
7 6 (1.02%) Sybase
8 5 (0.85%) SAP
8 5 (0.85%) Sun
9 4 (0.68%) JD Edwards
9 4 (0.68%) Red Hat
10 3 (0.51%) Atlassian
10 3 (0.51%) Google
10 3 (0.51%) Remedy
11 2 (0.34%) Cisco
11 2 (0.34%) Informatica
11 2 (0.34%) Percona