Sr. Unix System Administrator Salary

Average pay for a Senior Unix System Administrator in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $99K per year. The range in cash compensation to Senior Unix System Administrators ($75K to $136K) includes potential earnings of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Senior Unix System Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$73,142 - $128,011
$73K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,427
10%
50%
90%

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$30.79 - $76.30
$31
$54
$76
MEDIAN: $53.92
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,142 - $128,011  
   
Bonus
$506 - $14,948  
Profit Sharing
$1,922 - $14,950  
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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$74,776 - $135,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 326
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$30.79 - $76.30  
   
Overtime
$42.08 - $92.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$506 - $14,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,922 - $14,950  
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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$74,776 - $135,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • Install, configure, test and maintain new and existing servers, hardware and software components.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve incidents, outages or degradations.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Unix System Administrator


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Senior Unix System Administrators tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Information Technology Architect. The two jobs pay about the same on average. A lot of Senior Unix System Administrators advance their careers by becoming Senior Systems Engineers and Information Technology Managers. However, those positions offer $12K less and $24K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Unix System Administrator


Survey results imply that Senior Unix System Administrators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in System Administration, Network Management / Administration, Solaris, and IBM AIX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, HTML, and Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Linux are also skilled in 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $82K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $103K. 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 $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,697

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Unix System Administrators, Baltimore provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Senior Unix System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), San Jose (+14 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 12 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (8 percent lower) and Miami (7 percent lower).

Sr. Unix System Administrator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Sr. Unix System Administrator?

Sr. Unix System Administrator in Addison:
"Stay Focused."
Stay focused, but maintain a well rounded career. Explore other areas in your work environment.

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Key Stats for Sr. Unix System Administrator

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$102,000

▼10%

Entry-Level
▼19%

Skills That Affect Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries



Solaris
▼0%

National Average
$102,000

▼1%

▼2%


▼4%

VMware ESX
▼4%

SQL
▼4%



▼6%

HTML
▼9%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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