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UNIX System Administrator Salary

The average pay for a UNIX System Administrator is $68,868 per year. A skill in VMware ESX is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
$48,724 - $96,224
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MEDIAN: $68,867
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$16.32 - $51.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$48,724 - $96,224  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,808  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $9,500  
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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$47,738 - $99,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 983
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.32 - $51.90  
   
Overtime
$20.17 - $62.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,808  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $9,500  
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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$47,738 - $99,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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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What is it like working as an UNIX System Administrator?

UNIX System Administrator in Omaha:
"Compensation."
Pros: The most enjoyable part of my job is the people I work with. Specifically the IT staff. The casual dress environment is nice, as well.
Cons: For the majority of the IT staff, telecommuting is not permitted unless there is schedule work after business hours. Infogroup has made exceptions for a few their IT staff, but getting this approval is difficult to obtain. There have never been scheduled performance reviews. I was hired on to the Unix team as an entry level administrator which did not include a pay increase from my previous position. During the last three years, I have gradually taken on the responsibilities of a Senior UNIX Administrator and have been promised a raise and title to reflect this position, but this has not happened.

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Experience Affects UNIX System Administrator Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect UNIX System Administrator Salaries



IBM AIX
up arrow 4%

Shell Scripting
up arrow 3%

Solaris
up arrow 3%

UNIX
0%

National Average
$70,000

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 1%

Linux
up arrow 2%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 2%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

HTML
up arrow 10%

SQL
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%