Jerry Maguire and Database Administration Salaries – Updated

In the movie Jerry Maguire which was directed Cameron Crowe. With such stars as Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ren?e Zellweger. There are a number of quotes I will never forget…

Jerry Maguire: I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?

Dicky Fox: The key to this business is personal relationships.

Bob Sugar: It’s not “show friends.” It’s show *business*

Laurel: Don’t cry at the beginning of a date. Cry at the end, like I do.

Rod Tidwell: I got a shelf life of ten years, tops. My next contract’s gotta bring me the dollars that’ll last me and mine a long time. Shit, I’m out of this sport in 5 years. What’s my family gonna live on? Huh?

Marcee Tidwell: [upon seeing the fax] 1.5 million? Man, we owe more than that!

Jerry Maguire: I will not rest until I have you holding a Coke, wearing your own shoe, playing a Sega game *featuring you*, while singing your own song in a new commercial, *starring you*, broadcast during the Superbowl, in a game that you are winning, and I will not *sleep* until that happens. I’ll give you fifteen minutes to call me back.

[Rod has just told Jerry he will keep him as his agent]
Jerry Maguire: That’s that’s great. I’m really… happy.
Rod Tidwell: Are you listenin’?
Jerry Maguire: Yes!
Rod Tidwell: This is what I’m gonna do for you: God bless you, Jerry. But this is what you gonna do for me, Jerry?
Jerry Maguire: Yeah, what can I do for you, Rod? You just tell me what can I do for you?
Rod Tidwell: It’s something very personal, a very important thing. Hell! It’s a family motto. Are you ready Jerry? I wanna make sure you’re ready, brother. Here it is: Show me the money. SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY! Jerry, it is such a pleasure to say that! Say it with me one time, Jerry.
Jerry Maguire: Show you the money.
Rod Tidwell: No, no. You can do better than that! I want you to say it brother with meaning! Hey, I got Bob Sugar on the other line I bet you he can say it!
Jerry Maguire: Ye, ye, no, no, no. Show you the money.
Rod Tidwell: No! Not show you! Show me the money!
Jerry Maguire: Show me the money!
Rod Tidwell: Yeah! Louder!
Jerry Maguire: Show me the money!
Rod Tidwell: I need to feel you Jerry!
Jerry Maguire: Show me the money! Show me the money

Jerry Maguire is one of those movies, that has great line after great line. My favorite is show me the money. Show what does Jerry Maguire have to do with Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server databases. Directly not a lot. Though in the making of the movie, I am sure databases played a huge role behind the scenes. The line ?Show me the Money? makes me think what is the Medium Salary of a database administrator across the United stated. So I did a little searching and came upon a number of sites that had a lot of useful information.

One Site www.payscale had some interesting data. That caught my attention. Here is a chart that they says is representive of the Medium DBA salary across the united states.

One of the things I liked about the site was that you could slice the data by company size, industry, etc. In my search for this data, there were quite a few sources I located.

Anyone who has had success in hiring and retaining good technical people realize that salary is just one of many factors you need to consider. Other things to consider:

? Quality of life
? Technical challenges
? Flexible work Hours
? Benefits
? Peer Group
? Commitment to education
? Company Vision
? Being Part of Something bigger

There are so many other factors that effect your ability to hire and retain people. So when I think back to the movie Jerry Maguire and how it relates to database administration. I think of the line ?Show Me The Money?. That is just one of many factors to consider when your attempt to hire database administrators.. It not all about the money. It about the total package. What is clear you do need to have a sense of what fair compensation is. There are a number of great resources on the Internet to help with that.

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If you found this of interest, then you should read my newest blog entry on DBA Salary’s. Ntirety joined forces with the IOUG Independent Oracle Users Group to commision a DBA Salary Survey. Follow this link and you will taken to a place where you can download the Salary Survey….

Jerry Marguire and the 2008 IOUG Salary Survey

Posted Michael Corey, Ntirety


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