A System Administrator, Unix Server earns an average salary of $56,429 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are UNIX and Network Management / Administration.

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MEDIAN: $58,958

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Job Description for System Administrator, Unix Server

Most of the time, system administrators, Unix server, work in an office. They install software and hardware products and provide maintenance to their company’s installed UNIX/Linux processors. College degrees in computer science or information technology are usually required to become system administrators. However, equivalent technical courses in Linux/UNIX system administration and/or equivalent work experience are acceptable in lieu of a college degree.


System Administrator, Unix Server Tasks

  • Establish and document standards and procedures.
  • Install, configure, maintain, and upgrade Unix server operating systems and applications.
  • Recognize and troubleshoot problems with server hardware and applications software.

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 22%