Period
to 24 October 2020

The median annual salary for a SQL DBA was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 508 579 428
Rank change year-on-year +71 -151 +36
Permanent jobs requiring a SQL DBA 183 583 1,153
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.43% 0.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.45% 0.73%
Number of salaries quoted 148 553 987
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - -2.06%
10th Percentile £35,425 £32,650 £32,500
90th Percentile £67,875 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -5.56%

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 46,381 130,574 157,847
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.99% 95.64% 95.91%
Number of salaries quoted 38,363 104,243 127,113
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

SQL DBA
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SQL DBA.

Salary trend for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SQL DBA over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

Salary histogram for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Top 18 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 24 October 2020. 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 +69 161 £50,000 +5.26% 25
UK excluding London +140 148 £50,000 +11.11% 23
North of England +161 77 £50,000 +17.65% 9
North West +114 39 £50,000 +10.50% 4
Yorkshire +126 36 £57,500 +35.29% 5
London +77 34 £65,000 +8.33% 2
South East +126 25 £40,000 -15.79% 6
Midlands +96 16 £49,000 +15.29% 4
Scotland +79 13 £50,000 +17.65%
West Midlands +90 10 £48,500 +14.12% 2
Work from Home +14 10 £48,750 +14.71% 4
East of England +110 6 £30,000 -29.41% 3
East Midlands +79 6 £57,500 +35.29% 2
Wales +49 4 £35,000 -
Channel Islands - 4 £55,000 -
South West +116 2 £52,500 +16.67% 1
North East +23 2 £45,000 +23.50%
Isle of Man - 1 - -

SQL DBA Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 2020, 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.

1 172 (93.99%) SQL
2 159 (86.89%) SQL Server
3 89 (48.63%) Performance Tuning
4 76 (41.53%) T-SQL
5 60 (32.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 57 (31.15%) Azure
7 56 (30.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 52 (28.42%) Replication
9 48 (26.23%) Clustering
10 45 (24.59%) Microsoft
10 45 (24.59%) High Availability
11 41 (22.40%) Oracle
12 38 (20.77%) Finance
13 36 (19.67%) Business Intelligence
14 34 (18.58%) SQL Server 2019
15 33 (18.03%) PowerShell
16 32 (17.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 31 (16.94%) Windows
18 29 (15.85%) Disaster Recovery
19 28 (15.30%) Data Warehouse
20 27 (14.75%) Law
20 27 (14.75%) PostgreSQL
21 26 (14.21%) ETL
22 25 (13.66%) SQL Server 2016
23 24 (13.11%) Power BI
23 24 (13.11%) Power Platform
24 21 (11.48%) Failover Clustering
24 21 (11.48%) Mentoring
25 20 (10.93%) Linux
26 19 (10.38%) Microsoft Certification

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 4 (2.19%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.64%) Apache Spark
2 3 (1.64%) IIS
3 1 (0.55%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.55%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 3 (1.64%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.55%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 57 (31.15%) Azure
2 24 (13.11%) Power Platform
3 19 (10.38%) AWS
4 6 (3.28%) SaaS
5 4 (2.19%) PaaS
6 3 (1.64%) IaaS
7 2 (1.09%) GCP
8 1 (0.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.09%) Intranet
1 2 (1.09%) Network Security
1 2 (1.09%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 159 (86.89%) SQL Server
2 60 (32.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 56 (30.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 34 (18.58%) SQL Server 2019
5 32 (17.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 28 (15.30%) Data Warehouse
7 27 (14.75%) PostgreSQL
8 25 (13.66%) SQL Server 2016
9 24 (13.11%) Power BI
10 19 (10.38%) Relational Database
11 18 (9.84%) MySQL
12 17 (9.29%) RDBMS
12 17 (9.29%) SQL Server 2008
13 15 (8.20%) Oracle Database
14 14 (7.65%) Azure SQL Database
15 13 (7.10%) SQL Server 2014
16 12 (6.56%) SQL Server 2012
17 9 (4.92%) Oracle Database 11g
18 7 (3.83%) Hadoop
18 7 (3.83%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 4 (2.19%) Eclipse
1 4 (2.19%) GitLab
1 4 (2.19%) JIRA
2 3 (1.64%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.64%) Maven
3 1 (0.55%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.55%) Subversion
3 1 (0.55%) Visual Studio
General
1 38 (20.77%) Finance
2 27 (14.75%) Law
3 8 (4.37%) Banking
4 6 (3.28%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.64%) Advertising
5 3 (1.64%) Public Sector
6 2 (1.09%) Front Office
7 1 (0.55%) Games
7 1 (0.55%) Local Government
7 1 (0.55%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.37%) .NET
2 3 (1.64%) COM
2 3 (1.64%) WSH
3 1 (0.55%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.55%) Kafka
3 1 (0.55%) RabbitMQ
3 1 (0.55%) REST
3 1 (0.55%) Scilab
3 1 (0.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 52 (28.42%) Replication
2 48 (26.23%) Clustering
3 13 (7.10%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (4.92%) Hedge funds
5 4 (2.19%) Analytical Mindset
5 4 (2.19%) Renewable Energy
6 3 (1.64%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.64%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.64%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.09%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.09%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.55%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.55%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.55%) Online Games
8 1 (0.55%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 31 (16.94%) Windows
2 20 (10.93%) Linux
3 15 (8.20%) Windows Server
4 9 (4.92%) Solaris
5 7 (3.83%) Unix
6 3 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.55%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.55%) VMS
8 1 (0.55%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.55%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (48.63%) Performance Tuning
2 45 (24.59%) High Availability
3 36 (19.67%) Business Intelligence
4 29 (15.85%) Disaster Recovery
5 26 (14.21%) ETL
6 21 (11.48%) Mentoring
7 18 (9.84%) DevOps
7 18 (9.84%) Performance Monitoring
7 18 (9.84%) Problem-Solving
8 13 (7.10%) Change Data Capture
8 13 (7.10%) ITIL
9 12 (6.56%) Data Security
10 11 (6.01%) Database Security
11 10 (5.46%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (5.46%) Database Mirroring
11 10 (5.46%) Database Tuning
12 9 (4.92%) Decision-Making
13 8 (4.37%) Change Management
14 7 (3.83%) Project Management
14 7 (3.83%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 172 (93.99%) SQL
2 76 (41.53%) T-SQL
3 33 (18.03%) PowerShell
4 13 (7.10%) C#
4 13 (7.10%) Python
5 12 (6.56%) PL/SQL
6 9 (4.92%) Bash Shell
7 6 (3.28%) VBScript
8 3 (1.64%) R
9 2 (1.09%) Ruby
9 2 (1.09%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.55%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.55%) Perl
10 1 (0.55%) PHP
10 1 (0.55%) VBA
Qualifications
1 19 (10.38%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (4.37%) MCP
3 7 (3.83%) MCSA
4 6 (3.28%) Degree
4 6 (3.28%) MCITP
5 5 (2.73%) MCDBA
6 4 (2.19%) MCTS
7 3 (1.64%) MCT
8 2 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.09%) SC Cleared
8 2 (1.09%) Security Cleared
9 1 (0.55%) ISEB
9 1 (0.55%) MCSE
9 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.46%) Data Quality
2 7 (3.83%) QA
3 6 (3.28%) GDPR
4 5 (2.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 11 (6.01%) Docker
2 3 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.09%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 21 (11.48%) Failover Clustering
2 12 (6.56%) Ansible
3 11 (6.01%) Puppet
4 8 (4.37%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (3.28%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.09%) Control-M
7 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
7 1 (0.55%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.55%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.55%) SCOM
7 1 (0.55%) Simpana
Vendors
1 45 (24.59%) Microsoft
2 41 (22.40%) Oracle
3 9 (4.92%) SAP
3 9 (4.92%) VMware
4 7 (3.83%) Sun
5 5 (2.73%) RedGate
5 5 (2.73%) SolarWinds
6 4 (2.19%) Informatica
7 2 (1.09%) BMC
7 2 (1.09%) Dell
7 2 (1.09%) EMC
7 2 (1.09%) Google
7 2 (1.09%) Intel
7 2 (1.09%) NetApp
8 1 (0.55%) CommVault
8 1 (0.55%) IDERA
8 1 (0.55%) Percona
8 1 (0.55%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.55%) Splunk
8 1 (0.55%) Sybase