$75,665
Avg. Salary
$30.14
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,014

Bonus

$2,056

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a UNIX System Administrator is $30.14 per hour.

The average pay for a UNIX System Administrator is $75,665 per year.

$21.51
10%
$30.14
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$53.43
90%
MEDIAN $30.14
$51k
10%
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50%
$111k
90%
MEDIAN $75,665
$50,603 - $110,954
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MEDIAN: $75,665
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$21.51 - $53.43
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$0$113K
Salary $50,603 - $110,954
Bonus $511 - $9,814
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,891
Total Pay (?
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$50,555 - $113,220
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 409
Hourly Data $0$70
Hourly Rate $21.51 - $53.43
Overtime $29.23 - $70.58
Annual Data $0$113K
Bonus $511 - $9,814
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,891
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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$50,555 - $113,220
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 52

Job Description for UNIX System Administrator

A Unix system administrator works in an office, where the Unix multiuser operating system is used. The administrator will be responsible for installing software and hardware relating to the system. It is essential to manage risks and to eliminate them before problems arise. It is also important to monitor the system’s performance and to carry out routine maintenance so that the system operates smoothly. Sometimes, this may require debugging and troubleshooting of the system.

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Common Career Paths for UNIX System Administrator


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UNIX System Administrators who transition into a Senior Storage Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $101K per year. UNIX System Administrators typically move into roles as Senior Unix System Administrators or Senior Systems Engineers, and those positions pay $15K more and $13K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for UNIX System Administrator


Survey results imply that UNIX System Administrators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, VMware ESX, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and SQL. It is often found that people who know Linux are also skilled in Shell Scripting and Sun Solaris.

Pay by Experience Level for UNIX System Administrator

Pay by Experience for a UNIX System Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level UNIX System Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 126 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $74,000 based on 84 salaries. An experienced UNIX System Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 96 salaries. A 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 $104,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,827

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

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for UNIX System Administrators, 12 percent higher than the national average. UNIX System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+12 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), Raleigh (+7 percent), and New York (+2 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh UNIX System Administrators earning much less — 28 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 25 percent less in San Antonio and 19 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

UNIX System Administrator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for UNIX System Administrator

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

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Experience Affects UNIX System Administrator Salaries

▲37%

▲25%

National Average
$76,000

▼2%

▼16%

Skills That Affect UNIX System Administrator Salaries

▲14%

▲13%

▲7%

▲2%


▲1%


National Average
$76,000



Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼6%

Cisco Networking
▼8%

Solaris
▼10%

SQL
▼13%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼14%

HTML
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 11%