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Working As A Senior Unix Systems Engineer

  • 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 Engineer 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 Engineer

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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Unix Consultant 2.1 years
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Consultant 4.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
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$76,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Salesforce
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Senior Unix Systems Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Unix Systems Engineer in the United States is $102,397 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $76,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $136,000.

Real Senior Unix Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Systems Engineer-Linux/Unix The Gap, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 10, 2015 $143,645 -
$202,200
Senior Systems Engineer-Linux/Unix The Gap, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 09, 2015 $143,645 -
$202,200
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2013 $135,074
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Mar 11, 2015 $135,074
Senior Systems Engineer-Linux/Unix The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 04, 2013 $135,000 -
$158,000
Senior Unix/Linux Systems Engineer The Matlen Silver Group, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 22, 2015 $133,568
Senior Unix System Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. Herndon, VA Jan 10, 2016 $132,592
Senior Systems Engineer/Unix Ventois Inc. Shrewsbury, MA Nov 16, 2016 $131,435
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Squaretrade, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 12, 2014 $127,000 -
$145,000
Unix Engineer/Sr. Systems Engineer Navisite, Inc. Andover, MA Aug 31, 2016 $119,839
SR. Unix/Linux System Engineer The Matlen Silver Group, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 22, 2012 $118,959
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. Herndon, VA Jul 17, 2012 $117,990
SR. Systems Engineer-Unix Telecommunication Systems, Inc. Seattle, WA May 15, 2015 $115,000
SR. Systems Engineer-Unix Telecommunication Systems, Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2015 $115,000
Senior Systems Engineer/Unix Navisite, Inc. Andover, MA Sep 16, 2016 $104,477
SR. Unix Systems Engineer Leadformix, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 25, 2010 $98,000
Senior Engineer-Unix Systems Amkor Technology Inc. Chandler, AZ Feb 14, 2014 $91,500
Senior Unix System Engineer Centaurus Technology Partners, LLC. Irving, TX Dec 29, 2016 $87,000
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Centaurus Technology Partners, LLC. Irving, TX Nov 03, 2016 $86,200
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Centaurus Technology Partners, LLC. Irving, TX Mar 22, 2016 $86,200
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Centaurus Technology Partners, LLC. Irving, TX Mar 25, 2016 $86,200
SR. Systems Engineer Windows/Unix/Automation Thomson Reuters Markets LLC Rochester, NY Aug 11, 2015 $83,520 -
$87,695

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Top Skills for A Senior Unix Systems Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Linux
  3. Solaris
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed all aspects of system configuration for both Windows XP, 2000 and NT client systems.
  • Developed scripts monitor all Linux/UNIX servers and for backups using storage-based snapshots reducing database backup downtime.
  • Deploy and support Sun-Solaris 8 servers.
  • Provided key distributed technical expertise to construct a seamless integration between Unix and Windows.
  • Managed VERITAS Clusters critical for business operations.

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  4. District of Columbia
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Senior Unix Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.3%

Unknown

8.1%

Female

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

54.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

14.5%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

French

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Cantonese

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%

Italian

11.1%
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Senior Unix Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

8.2%

University of Washington

6.1%

New York University

6.1%

California State University - Long Beach

6.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix

4.1%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

4.1%

Kentucky State University

4.1%

Winthrop University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.1%

New England Institute of Technology

4.1%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.1%

Florida International University

4.1%

University of Rhode Island

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

Northwestern University

4.1%

Baker College

4.1%

The Academy

4.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.2%

Electrical Engineering

11.6%

Business

9.9%

Computer Information Systems

8.7%

Information Technology

5.8%

Information Systems

5.2%

Project Management

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Engineering

2.9%

Computer Technical Support

2.9%

Mathematics

2.9%

Information Sciences

2.3%

Computer Systems Security

2.3%

Management

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Systems Engineering

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Political Science

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

19.9%

Other

18.9%

Associate

10.0%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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