You’ve worked hard to gain the skills and training needed to manage data and help companies keep track of all the information that makes their brand viable. Now, you’re ready to find the perfect job or move into a new position with better pay or perks.
The average salary for database administrators (DBAs) is $47.53 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. People in this role deal use special software to store and organize the company’s data for quick access and insightful reports. In addition, they help prevent cyber attacks that put sensitive information at risk.
The growth rate in the market is around 8%, as more organizations go digital. Growth combined with the number of people retiring or moving on to other careers could create a serious labor shortage of the DBAs.
- IBM certified database administrator
- Microsoft SQL server database certifications
- Oracle database 12c administrator
- SAP HANA
We researched which companies seem to hire the most database-related roles, including DBAs, and included them in the list below. Many of the roles require database certifications, including vendor-specific ones tied to Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM.
Which certification you need and which company is right for your depends upon the benefits you’re looking for, your location, and other employer features you need for a successful work life. Here are some of the top companies hiring for database jobs:
Armonk, New York-based IBM has been around since 1911. It worked with the government in the 1930s providing tabulating machines. Today, its focus is more on artificial intelligence (AI) with its Watson line.
IBM has 37 office locations, and you’ll find openings such as:
- Data analyst
- Associate data engineer
- Strategy consultant/database administrator
Some of the perks of working for IBM include locations from New York to Michigan and Texas and more. IBM also offers a new collar program where you can gain skills outside of a traditional classroom environment and apply them to your work with the company.
In addition, IBM offers:
- Health benefits from day one of employment, including several initiatives
- Medical, dental, and vision coverage
- Personal leave and holidays
- Retirement program
- Coverage for spouse or domestic partner and dependents
The company culture is one of inclusion of people from all backgrounds and beliefs.
2. Tata Consultancy Services
This IT services company employs over 10,000 workers and is headquartered in Mumbai, India. It’s been around since 1968. Employees leave reviews on Glassdoor citing the ample benefits, salary, insurance, and PTO.
Some of the positions frequently appearing on Tata’s site or job-listing sites include:
- Database administrator
- Mainframe tech lead
- Data migration analyst
Available positions vary by location, so check the areas you’re willing to work to see what jobs are open. The company has multiple locations, including spots in the U.S.: in Plano, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Lakeland, Florida.
Some notable benefits of working for Tata Consulting Services include:
- Dental, health, and vision insurance
- On-site health care
- Health savings account (HSA)
- Mobile phone discount program
- 401(k) plan
- Paid and unpaid leaves
Employees give the time-off policies a good rating but mention the need to plan in advance.
Oracle, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leading database company. The brand points to its goals for inclusion, communication, and teamwork.
Although available roles vary, some examples include:
- Data scientist
- Applications developer
- Database software engineer
- Selection of health care plans, including dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
- 401(k) retirement savings
- Discount stock options
- Competitive time off
- Mental health employee assistance program
- $5,250 per year in tuition for approved programs of study
Dallas, Texas-based AT&T, founded in 1983, has over 10,000 employees. Staff rates it about 4 out of 5 stars on Glassdoor, saying there are good benefits, pay, and tuition reimbursement. However, there are some comments about work/life balance people should be aware of before accepting a position.
Some of the pertinent database-related job titles include:
- SQL server database administrator
- Principal database administrator
- Senior data analyst
- Senior system engineer
Working for such a large technology company has its perks, such as:
- Life, vision, dental, and health insurance
- Tuition reimbursement
- Bonuses for performance
- Perks such as discounts on mobile service and DirecTV
Expect approximately $129,000 per year for a senior database administrator role and $100,000 per year for entry positions in the DBA field.
Humana embraces a remote model, allowing many employees to work from home. This opens up roles to people from almost anywhere and provides extreme flexibility for working parents.
Out of the more than 2,000 job postings for Humana on Glassdoor, the database-related jobs for the health care company include:
- Database engineer
- Lead database cloud architect
- Senior data and reporting professional
The company employs around 46,000 people and is ranked No. 56 on the Fortune “500” list. Some perks include:
- Remote work
- Scholarships for children of Humana employees
- 401(k) retirement plan with company match
- Health, vision, dental, and life insurance
- Ample paid time off, holidays, volunteer time, and jury duty pay
- Charity matching program
- Parking discounts
- Discounts at several retailers
Some job are listed as remote positions, and others are located in different locations, such as Louisville, Kentucky, and Phoenix, Arizona.
6. Bank of America
Bank of America has locations in 32 states in the U.S., the District of Columbia and 30 foreign countries. The company has more than 10,000 employees and takes in about $10 billion in annual revenue.
The bank has open positions in several cities, such as New York City, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas, Texas. Employees give the company 4 out of 5 stars, citing a good work/life balance, excellent pay and benefits, and good job security.
The company has about 1,835 jobs related to data listed at Indeed, including:
- Document administrator
- Data analyst
- Senior database developer
- SQL server database administrator
Perks of working there include:
- Health insurance, including dental and vision
- Mental health care
- Occupational accident insurance
- Retiree health and medical insurance
- Mobile phone discount
- Gym membership
- Free lunch and snacks
- Legal assistance
In reviews, employees point to a positive company culture and good experiences with management.