Sr. Unix System Administrator Salary

Over four-fifths of Senior Unix System Administrators in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $72K to $130K per year, but median earnings come to around $94K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Unix System Administrators can bottom out near $72K or peak near $130K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Unix System Administrators. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$69,926 - $121,854

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$36.44 - $78.04

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,926 - $121,854  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,949  
Profit Sharing
$582 - $9,967  
Total Pay (?
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$71,787 - $129,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 900
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$36.44 - $78.04  
   
Overtime
$33.22 - $76.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,949  
   
Profit Sharing
$582 - $9,967  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$71,787 - $129,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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Job Description for Sr. Unix System Administrator

Senior Unix system administrators oversee Unix operating systems for companies and perform Unix server support for both hardware and software. They also perform periodic maintenance on these systems and carry out troubleshooting when problems arise; when troubleshooting systems, they intend to find the root causes of problems through objective analysis. They also perform upgrades when necessary to fine-tune systems for optimal performance.

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Sr. Unix System Administrator Tasks

  • Set policies for applications and infrastructure including patching schedules, release deployment, testing, and system readiness.
  • Perform capacity planning, infrastructure design, systems administration, and updates according to patch and release specifications.
  • Install, configure, test and maintain new and existing servers, hardware and software components.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve incidents, outages or degradations.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Unix System Administrator


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Senior Unix System Administrators who transition into new roles such as Information Technology Architect may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Information Technology Architect earns $109K per year. Senior Unix System Administrators most often move into positions as Senior Systems Engineers or Information Technology Managers. Senior Systems Engineers actually earn $10K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $22K less per year than Senior Unix System Administrators do.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Unix System Administrator


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Sun Solaris, Storage Area Networking, Solaris, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, SQL, and Windows Operating System General Use. For most people, competency in Linux indicates knowledge of Sun Solaris and IBM AIX.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Unix System Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Unix System Administrators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $76K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $93K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Unix System Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $99K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Unix System Administrators will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Senior Unix System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+20 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). In Austin, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (8 percent lower) and Philadelphia (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries



National Average
$98,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries

Sun Solaris
up arrow 4%

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
up arrow 4%

Solaris
up arrow 3%

VMware ESX
up arrow 3%

IBM AIX
up arrow 1%

Cisco Networking
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National Average
$98,000

Linux
up arrow 1%

UNIX
up arrow 2%

Shell Scripting
up arrow 2%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 7%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%
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