I had a similar experience at the public university I worked for. But one thing that nobody mentions is that since you are doing *everything* (from Dba, to programmer, to networking, to Operating System, to applications design, database design) it's a great place to learn a ton of skills. You learn everything at these lower paying jobs (benefits are usually great). And then you can move on with your skill set greatly enhanced. From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sandra Becker Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:08 AM To: oracle-l Subject: Re: DBA pay in university Ten years ago I left my DBA position at a public college after they decided I was overpaid and froze my salary for 8 years and reduced my benefits. My next DBA gig was a 20 percent increase in salary and my boss apologized for starting me at the low end of the scale for the company. Overall, it was a relaxed atmosphere as long as you didn't cross one of the deans. On the other hand I was expected to work 6 days a week, 10 hour days so they wouldn't have to hire another DBA We had tuition completely paid for employees and their immediate family but since I had no children it wasn't as much of a benefit for me as it was other people. I also was expected to do more than just DBA work--operations, programming, SA, running cable and installing PCs, etc. Check thoroughly what you would be expected to do for the money. Sandy Transzap, Inc.