UNIX System Administrator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a UNIX System Administrator is $68,277 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.
UNIX System Administrator Total Pay (?
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$47,797 - $94,623
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MEDIAN: $68,276
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UNIX System Administrator Total Pay (?
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$15.65 - $50.31
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,797 - $94,623  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,850  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $11,878  
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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$46,226 - $98,787  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.65 - $50.31  
   
Overtime
$21.20 - $63.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,850  
   
Profit Sharing
$592 - $11,878  
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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$46,226 - $98,787  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,308
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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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Experience Affects UNIX System Administrator Salaries

National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect UNIX System Administrator Salaries

VMware ESX
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%
IBM AIX
up arrow 4%
Shell Scripting
up arrow 2%
UNIX
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National Average
$69,000
Cisco Networking
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Linux
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Network Management / Administration
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Office
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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HTML
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SQL
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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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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