UNIX System Administrator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a UNIX System Administrator is $68,339 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
UNIX System Administrator Total Pay (?
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$47,725 - $95,380
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $68,339
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UNIX System Administrator Total Pay (?
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$15.95 - $50.73
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$47,725 - $95,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,791  
Profit Sharing
$582 - $7,255  
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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$46,328 - $99,327  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.95 - $50.73  
   
Overtime
$20.89 - $63.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,791  
   
Profit Sharing
$582 - $7,255  
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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$46,328 - $99,327  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,266
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Job Description for UNIX System Administrator

A UNIX systems administrator must be knowledgeable with the UNIX operating system. This is imperative, as the duties of this administrator include installing, configuring, and maintaining the UNIX operating system and all other applications as needed. This worker will be responsible for identifying and troubleshooting all server hardware issues and correcting any problems with application software. In accordance with all of the above, UNIX systems administrator is also responsible for documentation regarding standards and procedures.
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UNIX System Administrator Tasks
  • Recognize and troubleshoot problems with server hardware and applications software.
  • Install, configure, maintain, and upgrade Unix server operating systems and applications.
  • Establish and document standards and procedures.

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Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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Seattle
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Denver
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Cincinnati
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Fairfax
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Washington
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Boston
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National Average
$69,000
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Chicago
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Experience Affects UNIX System Administrator Salaries

National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect UNIX System Administrator Salaries

VMware ESX
up arrow 8%
IBM AIX
up arrow 4%
Shell Scripting
up arrow 3%
UNIX
0%
National Average
$69,000
Virtualization
up arrow 1%
Linux
up arrow 2%
Cisco Networking
up arrow 2%
Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%
Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 4%
Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 5%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 6%
HTML
up arrow 8%
SQL
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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