UNIX System Administrator Salary

Median pay for UNIX System Administrators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $76K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most UNIX System Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up the vast majority of UNIX System Administrators (86 percent) who took the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,936 - $112,259
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$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,714
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$21.20 - $56.19
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MEDIAN: $30.89
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$0$116K
Salary $49,936 - $112,259
Bonus $257.60 - $10,665
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $33,935
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$49,706 - $116,166
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 234
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $21.20 - $56.19
Overtime $42.94
Annual Data $0$116K
Bonus $257.60 - $10,665
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $33,935
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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$49,706 - $116,166
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35

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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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UNIX System Administrator Tasks

  • Establish and document standards and procedures.
  • Install, configure, maintain, and upgrade Unix server operating systems and applications.
  • Recognize and troubleshoot problems with server hardware and applications software.

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: $76,810

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
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects UNIX System Administrator Salaries

▲35%

▲23%

National Average
$77,000

▼3%

▼17%

Skills That Affect UNIX System Administrator Salaries

▲13%

▲11%

▲6%


▼0%

▼0%


National Average
$77,000



Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼7%

Cisco Networking
▼10%

Solaris
▼11%

SQL
▼14%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼15%

HTML
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 11%
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