Sr. Unix System Administrator Salary

Senior Unix System Administrators in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $100K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Unix System Administrators runs from $74K to $137K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Unix System Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,077 - $133,274
$74K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,955
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50%
90%

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$34.46 - $88.77
$34
$55
$89
MEDIAN: $54.81
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$0$140K
Salary $74,077 - $133,274
Bonus $506 - $12,427
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,205
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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$77,059 - $140,410
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 253
Hourly Data $0$88
Hourly Rate $34.46 - $88.77
Overtime $33.77 - $86.41
Annual Data $0$140K
Bonus $506 - $12,427
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,205
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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$77,059 - $140,410
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 31

Job Description for Sr. Unix System Administrator

Senior Unix system administrators oversee Unix operating systems for companies and perform Unix server support for both hardware and software. They also perform periodic maintenance on these systems and carry out troubleshooting when problems arise; when troubleshooting systems, they intend to find the root causes of problems through objective analysis. They also perform upgrades when necessary to fine-tune systems for optimal performance.

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Sr. Unix System Administrator Tasks

  • Install, configure, test and maintain new and existing servers, hardware and software components.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve incidents, outages or degradations.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Unix System Administrator


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Senior Unix System Administrators sometimes move into a Information Technology Architect role, where the salary is similar. Many Senior Unix System Administrators advance into roles as Senior Systems Engineers or Information Technology Managers, but the median salaries are $13K lower and $25K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Unix System Administrator


Survey results imply that Senior Unix System Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with MySQL and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, HTML, and Sun Solaris. Those familiar with Linux also tend to know Sun Solaris and IBM AIX.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Unix System Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Sr. Unix System Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Sr. Unix System Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 12 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sr. Unix System Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Sr. Unix System Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 195 salaries. A Sr. Unix System Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 141 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,903

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Senior Unix System Administrators in Baltimore enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Unix System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+13 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Washington (+9 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Francisco and Ann Arbor (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Sr. Unix System Administrator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
47%

Experience Affects Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$103,000

▼10%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Sr. Unix System Administrator Salaries

MySQL
▲20%



National Average
$103,000

Solaris
▼1%

IBM AIX
▼1%

▼3%

▼4%




SQL
▼6%

▼7%

▼7%

HTML
▼10%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 11%