I have been trying to figure out what the current range is for SQL Server DBA income.
The salary ranges online just don't seem to fit what what I observe.
For the purposes of this discussion, let's omit the exceptional examples that are a few deviations from the mean.
I am not interested in the superstar that earns $250,000 at some job that I will likely never be offered.
And I am certain there are also examples of stock options that exploded and created quite a few DBA millionaires.
I am more interested in what the real fulltime salary range is for DBAs these days.
I can only base my observations on what I currently earn and what jobs are telling me they pay when I followup on a recruiter contact.
In a typical week I receive a 3-5 recruiters (local) telling me about a SQL Server DBA job opening. My standard response is to inquire about the salary.
If the quoted salary is more than I currently earn, I save those emails to show during my annual review, so that I can make the case for a market adjustment.
This has been my strategy for years and I think it keeps me in the upper areas of the DBA income range.
From my observations, it seems like a DBA with a few years (5-10) experience can easily hit $95,000 to $110,000 plus benefits.
I think the upper limit of DBA income (non-manager) is likely $120,000 these days.
I have never seen a recruiter quote a salary range higher than that number.
Does that fit with your observations?
This is totally unscientific and I understand there are all sorts of exceptions.
I am just seeking your observations on what you think the upper limit is for most experienced DBAs.