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Working As A Senior Unix Systems Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $102,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Unix Systems Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Senior Unix Systems Administrator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Senior Unix Systems Administrator Career Paths

Senior Unix Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Solutions Architect Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Solutions Architect Senior Information Technology Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Engineering Manager Manager, Systems Engineering
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Lead Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Operations Director Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Lead Senior Network Engineer Senior Network Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Unix Consultant 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Senior Unix Systems Administrator
Consultant 3.5%
Top Careers After Senior Unix Systems Administrator
Consultant 5.0%

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Senior Unix Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

81.1%

Female

11.7%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

54.8%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

Spanish

14.3%

German

9.5%

French

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Dutch

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Gujarati

4.8%

Hindi

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Korean

4.8%

Navajo

4.8%
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Senior Unix Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.1%

University of Maryland - University College

7.9%

San Jose State University

6.0%

More Tech Institute

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

Purdue University

4.6%

George Washington University

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

University of New Mexico

3.7%

Colorado Technical University

3.2%

University of Florida

3.2%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.2%

Bryn Mawr College

3.2%

New York University

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Colorado State University

2.8%

Franklin University

2.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.2%

Electrical Engineering

11.8%

Business

11.0%

Computer Information Systems

8.7%

Information Technology

5.8%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Information Systems

4.1%

Management

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Mathematics

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%

Education

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Finance

1.1%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Industrial Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.5%

Masters

22.9%

Other

16.4%

Associate

7.0%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$77,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
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$102,000
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Median 50%
$136,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CSC Holdings
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Senior Unix Systems Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Unix Systems Administrator in the United States is $102,609 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $136,000.

Real Senior Unix Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Unix (Wily) Adminstrator Advanced Software Design Inc. Columbia, MD Feb 08, 2013 $187,000
SR. Unix Systems Administrator Netsuite Inc. San Mateo, CA Jan 11, 2015 $143,000
Senior Unix Administrator Peanuts Worldwide LLC New York, NY Oct 30, 2016 $142,231
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Feb 22, 2016 $140,000
SR. Unix & LIN The Fountain Group Pleasanton, CA Sep 22, 2012 $131,481
Senior Unix Administrator C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Keene, NH Apr 15, 2015 $126,979
Senior Unix Administrator Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Lyndhurst, NJ Sep 17, 2011 $126,316
Senior Unix Administrator Peanuts Worldwide LLC New York, NY Oct 30, 2013 $125,458
SR. Unix Systems Administrator Salesforce.com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jul 25, 2011 $125,000
Unix System Administrator Senior Salesforce.com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jul 29, 2015 $123,000
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 20, 2013 $121,816
SR. Unix Systems Administrator Varian Medical Systems Palo Alto, CA Aug 28, 2015 $120,399
SR. Unix Administrator Concept Solutions, LLC Washington, DC Jan 28, 2013 $120,000
SR Unix Systems Administrator Dew Software, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Apr 01, 2013 $108,000
Senior Administrator, Unix Trinet Hr Corporation Austin, TX Apr 04, 2016 $107,000
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Jun 11, 2012 $107,000
SR. Unix Administrator Resource Logistics, Inc. Iselin, NJ Mar 19, 2015 $106,600
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Pacific Gas & Electric Company San Francisco, CA Aug 06, 2012 $105,000
Senior Unix Systems Administrator T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bothell, WA Jun 22, 2016 $105,000 -
$115,000
Senior Unix Systems Adimistrator, Data.com Salesforce.com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 17, 2011 $105,000
Senior AIX Unix System Administrator Unisys Corporation Harrisburg, PA Dec 01, 2016 $102,244
Senior Unix System Administrator Infosynergy, Inc. Washington, DC Feb 24, 2016 $96,000
Core Systems Senior Unix Administrator Worldmed Shared Services, Inc. Jacksonville, FL May 02, 2012 $96,000
Senior Unix System Administrator CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Cumberland, RI Jun 02, 2013 $95,220
SR. Unix Systems Administrator Open Systems Technologies New Brunswick, NJ Jun 16, 2015 $95,000
Senior Unix Administrator Amdocs Inc. Champaign, IL Feb 03, 2012 $94,999
Senior Unix Administrator Choice Hotels International Services Corp Phoenix, AZ Nov 03, 2016 $92,763
SR. Unix Administrator (AIX Engineer) C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Keene, NH Aug 11, 2014 $92,500
Senior System Administrator Unix/Tsm BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Westborough, MA Sep 05, 2015 $91,728 -
$107,390

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Top Skills for A Senior Unix Systems Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Veritas
  3. Solaris
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed servers running Windows XP Professional including monitoring.
  • Support the client personnel in preparing backup and recovery planning for UNIX systems using VERITAS NetBackup.
  • Apply patching to global zones, as well as kernel patching many Solaris servers to meet company standards.
  • Install IBM AIX 5 versions and vendor required maintenance levels to client standard, setup all networking and SAN connectivity.
  • Developed various internal web applications utilizing Apache and Perl.

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