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Database administrator Average UK Salary & Prospects

Database administrators (DBAs) plan and build computer systems, and make sure they’re secure and working properly.

  • Test programs or databases, correct errors, and make necessary modifications.  
  • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.  
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make
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Database administrators typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Database administrator you will typically work on call.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
23,573 GBP *
per year
22,000 GBP
70,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Database administrator

Men make 13% more than Women
23% of Database administrators are men
  • 26,139 GBP
  • 22,680 GBP
Average salary for part-time Database administrator
Average salary for full-time Database administrator

  • 12,173 GBP
  • 12,245 GBP
  • 11,098 GBP
  • 23,573 GBP
  • 22,680 GBP
  • 26,139 GBP
Pay over time for Database administrator

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 21,721 GBP
  • 21,474 GBP
  • 21,661 GBP
  • 22,063 GBP
  • 23,493 GBP
  • 23,573 GBP

Future outlook for Database administrators

Fair outlook
74 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
2% yearly wage growth (on average)
Fair outlook
61% chance of automation in the future

Database administrator - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Database administrator and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • % of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • % of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
  • % of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

You may be able to apply directly for a place on a graduate training scheme. These are often open to non-IT graduates as well as those with a computing qualification.

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Database administrator


Things to highlight for your Database administrator interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

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