RE: Combo Oracle/SQLServer enterprise DBA Salary Info anywhere (or willing to share a range) ?

Robert - thanks for that thought out response.
I was aware of most of those points, but 2 very important ones you pointed out:

1.)    Recruiting process and the costs/risks associated with it

2.)    The role that HR plays in the situation and company strategy

Chris

From: Robert Freeman [mailto:robertgfreeman@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:07 PM
To: Taylor, Chris David; 'mark.powell2@xxxxxx'; 'oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: Re: Combo Oracle/SQLServer enterprise DBA Salary Info anywhere (or 
willing to share a range) ?

So, I've hired people into positions like the one you are talking about. People 
with Oracle and SQL Server skills. I can tell you that those I hired with those 
skill sets, with some significant experience (7 years +) came in the low 100k 
range. I'd expect more experience (say 15-20 years) would come in at around the 
low to mid 100's depending on a number of factors. It's just a potent skill set 
and when combined with significant experience is very powerful. If you have the 
experience component, then don't sell yourself short. If you are negotiating 
with a company you already work for, you have a very powerful lever in your 
negotiating tool kit that you might want to pull out and use. That is to remind 
them of how much it will cost them to have to replace you. Recruiting is a very 
expensive process, and the results are never for sure. It's often far cheaper 
to throw a few extra thousand to a known quantity than to risk having to go out 
and hire.

When considering salary it's more than just about the average, or the range 
that you need to be concerned about. Considerations for salary should include:

1. Cost of living. It's far cheaper to live in Oklahoma than New York. Your 
salary needs to be commiserate with your locale.
2. Benefits.

What to they pay towards your health care? This can make a several hundred 
dollar a month difference and several thousand a year.

What do they match on a 401k? For example, if you make 100k and you contribute 
6% to a 401k and the company matches dollar for dollar, then that's worth an 
extra 6 grand a year. So I'd rather take job for 100k and 6% 401k money, than 
one for 105k a year and no 401k money. Also, do they have a retirement plan.

Vacation? What are the vacation benefits? Leave of absence, sickness, 
disability benefits.

Work from home sometimes or always trudge to the office? Travel?

3. Environment... Who are the people you will be working with. Even small 
things like a cafeteria and the cost of the food there can be a consideration. 
Eating nicely at a cafeteria for $5 as opposed to eating lunch out at say $8 a 
day is worth about $750 a year. Sure, you can bring your lunch and save more...

4. Who will you be working with? As you are looking at being the Solo guy, your 
value should be greater. You won't have a team to collaborate with, so you will 
be spending more time doing outside research on issues, problems and the like. 
In my mind, who you will be working with is really a big consideration when I 
take a job.

5. What will you be doing? On-call, after hours, 24/7/365, just DBA, DBA and 
Sysadm, SAN Admin? What will you be doing. The more hats you wear, the more you 
should expect.

6. What is the market like in your area? Lots of companies base their salary 
ranges on local salaries and are fairly in-flexible. I've found this 
one-size-fits-all approach to HR maddening when I've tried to hire the best of 
the best. My approach to having a great team is to hire great people, all of 
them smarter than I am (which isn't hard). HR seems to be disconnected to the 
realities of the benefits of hiring the best people for the job and instead get 
entrenched in this archaic salary bucket mentality. In my mind, this is a 
marketplace. I have skills of varying degrees of benefit to a company that are 
worth a market price. If a short sighted HR department isn't going to recognize 
the market realities (or they simply are not going to care) then I'm going 
elsewhere (assuming I'm correct in my interpretation of the market price for my 
skills). As a result companies often loose out on the best talent and that 
talent goes into consulting, and the company hires the consulting company and 
that resource ends up at the company anyway. I've SEEN this happen and it just 
makes me shake my head. We could have had the guy at $40 an hour as a FTE and 
instead we are paying $65 an hour to some company and when he leaves all that 
body of knowledge will leave with him. Ridiculous in my opinion.

Robert G. Freeman
Master Principal Consultant, Oracle Corporation, Oracle ACE
Author of various books on RMAN, New Features and this shorter signature line.
Blog: http://robertgfreeman.blogspot.com
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From: "Taylor, Chris David" <ChrisDavid.Taylor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:10 AM
Subject: RE: Combo Oracle/SQLServer enterprise DBA Salary Info anywhere (or 
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Thanks Mark.

Chris

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Both Information Week and Computer World compile and publish annual IT salary 
lists.

With Information Week I think you have to take part in the survey to get a copy 
of the results.

Computer World published theirs in the April 4, 2011 edition.

Database Administrator    avg $86,808.  No information given on range, 
experience, or product in the published article.



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Subject: Combo Oracle/SQLServer enterprise DBA Salary Info anywhere (or willing 
to share a range) ?

Anyone have a link to salary info for a combination for combo Oracle and SQL 
Server DBA?  Or, might be willing to share a salary range (with me, not the 
list) if you are responsible for both? :) Looks like my job is changing in that 
I am _the_ database administrator moving forward with someone who can backfill 
as needed except in emergencies.

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks,
Chris

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