How much does a UNIX Systems Administrator make in the United States? The average UNIX Systems Administrator salary in the United States is $80,877 as of June 27, 2024, but the range typically falls between $69,373 and $90,860. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

UNIX Systems Administrator Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile UNIX Systems Administrator Salary $58,900 US June 27, 2024
25th Percentile UNIX Systems Administrator Salary $69,373 US June 27, 2024
50th Percentile UNIX Systems Administrator Salary $80,877 US June 27, 2024
75th Percentile UNIX Systems Administrator Salary $90,860 US June 27, 2024
90th Percentile UNIX Systems Administrator Salary $99,948 US June 27, 2024
25% $69,373 10% $58,900 90% $99,948 75% $90,860 $80,877 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a UNIX Systems Administrator need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again. Troubleshooting is needed to identify the symptoms. Determining the most likely cause is a process of elimination—eliminating potential causes of a problem. Finally, troubleshooting requires confirmation that the solution restores the product or process to its working state. In general, troubleshooting is the identification or diagnosis of "trouble" in the management flow of a system caused by a failure of some kind. The problem is initially described as symptoms of malfunction, and troubleshooting is the process of determining and remedying the causes of these symptoms. A system can be described in terms of its expected, desired or intended behavior (usually, for artificial systems, its purpose). Events or inputs to the system are expected to generate specific results or outputs. (For example, selecting the "print" option from various computer applications is intended to result in a hardcopy emerging from some specific device). Any unexpected or undesirable behavior is a symptom. Troubleshooting is the process of isolating the specific cause or causes of the symptom. Frequently the symptom is a failure of the product or process to produce any results. (Nothing was printed, for example). Corrective action can then be taken to prevent further failures of a similar kind.

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Azure: Microsoft Azure, often referred to as Azure, is a cloud computing service operated by Microsoft for application management via Microsoft-managed data centers.

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Help Desk: The activities involved in handling and resolving customer grievances and issues faster and efficient by a ticketing system.

Troubleshooting 7.92%
Azure 3.39%
Help Desk 2.14%
Others 86.55%
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Job Description for UNIX Systems Administrator

UNIX Systems Administrator is responsible for the installation, configuration and maintenance of the organization's UNIX operating systems and all related systems or software. Analyzes and resolves problems associated with server hardware/software and applications software and ensures scalability and appropriate integration with other systems. Being an UNIX Systems Administrator detects, diagnoses, and reports UNIX related problems on both UNIX server and UNIX desktop systems. Responsible for backup or recovery procedures. Additionally, UNIX Systems Administrator typically requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. The UNIX Systems Administrator works on projects/matters of limited complexity in a support role. Work is closely managed. To be an UNIX Systems Administrator typically requires 0-2 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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Career Path for UNIX Systems Administrator

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For UNIX Systems Administrator, the first career path typically progresses to Linux Administrator.

The second career path typically progresses to Mail Server Administrator.

The third career path typically starts with a Systems Administrator II position, and then progresses to Systems Administrator IV.

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UNIX Systems Administrator salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of UNIX Systems Administrator, the highest UNIX Systems Administrator salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the UNIX Systems Administrator salary is 25.0% above. The lowest UNIX Systems Administrator salary is in Miami, FL, where the UNIX Systems Administrator salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-3.5%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.3%

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