Unanswered: SQL Server DBA Salary Survey
I am going into salary negotiation\yearly review next month after my week off and I am trying to determine what to ask for. I am thinking another 10K and an extra week off would not be unreasonable, but I wanted to get some idea of what you guys think I should ask for in terms of pay.
I have been developing software for seven years and I have been a dba for a little over five. I live in pricey northern Virginia. On a fairly regular basis I do about 55 to 60 hour weeks. On my DBA team, I am the only one who can handle both development and production tasks. The others are strictly developers. Although I have been relieved of most of my customer support tasks by our newbie, the customer support manager still brings the nastier bits to me. It is my perception that the more complex tasks get assigned to me. I get told on a regular basis that I am the best dba this place has ever had and other embarrassing accolades are regularly thrown my way. After a year, other than my boss I am the dba that has been here the longest in high turnover high burnout company. This year as we try to move to a SAP model, it looks like we will be going to 24/7 support on a disaster recovery model I am designing and implementing, so I guess I am getting the pager.
So how much money should I be asking for?
you can PM me with a number if you want.
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