Sr. Unix System Administrator Salary

Senior Unix System Administrators enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($100K) annually in the United States. Overall cash earnings for Senior Unix System Administrators stretch from $74K on the lower end to $139K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $13K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction for Senior Unix System Administrators is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$72,594 - $129,633
$73K
$100K
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MEDIAN: $99,876
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$29.80 - $90.60
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MEDIAN: $56.76
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$0$138K
Salary $72,594 - $129,633
Bonus $501 - $12,671
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,152
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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$73,909 - $138,835
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 275
Hourly Data $0$92
Hourly Rate $29.80 - $90.60
Overtime $33.77 - $92.44
Annual Data $0$138K
Bonus $501 - $12,671
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,152
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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$73,909 - $138,835
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 28

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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Information Technology Architect. On average, Information Technology Architects get paid about the same as Senior Unix System Administrators do. Senior Unix System Administrators most often move into positions as Senior Systems Engineers or Information Technology Managers. Senior Systems Engineers actually earn $13K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $25K less per year than Senior Unix System Administrators do.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Unix System Administrator


Senior Unix System Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with MySQL and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, HTML, and Sun Solaris. Those proficient in Linux are, more often than not, also skilled in Sun Solaris and IBM AIX.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Unix System Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Sr. Unix System Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Sr. Unix System Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 12 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sr. Unix System Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Sr. Unix System Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 195 salaries. A Sr. Unix System Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 141 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,501

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

For Senior Unix System Administrators, Baltimore provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Senior Unix System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+13 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Washington (+9 percent), and New York (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Workers in San Francisco and Ann Arbor earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 10 percent.

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Key Stats for Sr. Unix System Administrator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
46%
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Experience Affects Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$103,000

▼10%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries

MySQL
▲21%



Solaris
▼0%

National Average
$103,000

IBM AIX
▼1%

▼3%


▼4%



▼6%

SQL
▼6%

▼7%

HTML
▼10%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 9%
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