A Sr. Unix System Administrator earns an average salary of $90,831 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Sr. Unix System Administrator Total Pay (?
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$66,417 - $118,105
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MEDIAN: $90,830
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Sr. Unix System Administrator Total Pay (?
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$34.58 - $77.86
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,417 - $118,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,284  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $10,665  
Total Pay (?
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$68,176 - $126,915  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,537
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$34.58 - $77.86  
   
Overtime
$33.54 - $75.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,284  
   
Profit Sharing
$618 - $10,665  
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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$68,176 - $126,915  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,537
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Job Description for Sr. Unix System Administrator
A senior UNIX system administrator administers and maintains a company's server hardware and operating systems as well as any required software. They are responsible for designing the company's UNIX infrastructure, while also contributing to the continued maintenance of individual department IT needs and documentation. The system administrator should ensure that the network is kept up to date according to patch and release specifications. More specifically, these duties require that the senior UNIX system administrator perform capacity planning, maintain patching schedules, release deployment, and test to make sure that the systems are ready. It is important that the system administrator be able to see to any problems that may arise, and troubleshoot and resolve departmental incidents as well as system outages and degradations. They must respond to employee requests for technical support and be capable of communicating technical problems in a user-friendly manner. They must also stay abreast of new developments in the field and implement new systems as required by the changing field of technology. This includes learning about new hardware and software developed for the Linux environment. The job requires an awareness of the company's needs and requirements, and the ability to adjust system resources to meet the changing needs of the company during peak periods and periods of quick growth. System security is an important aspect of the administrator's duties. A senior UNIX system administrator must be able to ensure the protection of sensitive information, implement and enforce security policies, and ensure that all employees understand and adhere to these policies. A system administrator may also be required to work with individual vendors in order to obtain hardware and software required by the company. This would involve specifying, quoting, comparing, validating, and purchasing the necessary products. Overall, it is important that the system administrator is available 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted network service. In addition, the system administrator may be required to provide support with other company IT systems (smartphones, PDAs, etc.).
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.
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Experience Affects Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries

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$94,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries

IBM AIX
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National Average
$94,000
UNIX
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Network Management / Administration
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Gender
Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
59%
20 years or more
21%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 9%
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