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How Much Does a Unix Systems Administrator Earn In The United States?

Unix Systems Administrator Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
$56,000
$77,000
$104,000
Unix systems administrators in the United States make an average salary of $77,009 per year or $37.02 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $56,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $104,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Connecticut, Washington, Maryland, and Virginia provide the highest unix systems administrator salaries.
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Where Unix Systems Administrators Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where unix systems administrators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Unix Systems Administrators Earn In Different Cities?

While a unix systems administrator can average a salary of $77,009 per year, or $37.02 per hour, there are many opportunities for unix systems administrators to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $104,981 per year. Other high-paying locations include Washington, DC, Bothell, WA and Owings Mills, MD. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $69,000. The highest paying states for unix systems administrators include California, Connecticut and Washington. Meanwhile, Montana, Louisiana, and Kansas offer the lowest salaries.
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1. San Francisco, CA
$104,981
Avg. Salary
$53k
$130k
2. Washington, DC
$102,226
Avg. Salary
$53k
$130k
3. Bothell, WA
$90,474
Avg. Salary
$53k
$130k
4. Owings Mills, MD
$89,610
Avg. Salary
$53k
$130k
5. Reston, VA
$86,184
Avg. Salary
$53k
$130k
6. Jersey City, NJ
$83,969
Avg. Salary
$53k
$130k

High Paying Unix Systems Administrator Jobs

Which Companies Pay Unix Systems Administrators The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like PayPal and Marsh & McLennan Companies as they offer the highest salaries for unix systems administrators.
Company
Avg. Salary
$76k
$151k
Avg. Salary
$76k
$151k
Avg. Salary
$76k
$151k
Avg. Salary
$76k
$151k
Avg. Salary
$76k
$151k

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Unix Systems Administrator Salary History

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    How Much Do Unix Systems Administrators Make In Different Industries?

    Unix systems administrator salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with finance, telecommunication, and technology companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a unix systems administrator can make a yearly salary of $102,577 while working for finance companies. All the while, other unix systems administrators are making $88,877 at telecommunication companies and $85,090 at technology companies. One industry unix systems administrators may want to avoid is the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $73,167.
    1. Finance
    $102,577
    Avg. Salary
    $61k
    $115k
    2. Telecommunication
    $88,877
    Avg. Salary
    $61k
    $115k
    3. Technology
    $85,090
    Avg. Salary
    $61k
    $115k
    4. Manufacturing
    $77,312
    Avg. Salary
    $61k
    $115k
    5. Retail
    $73,167
    Avg. Salary
    $61k
    $115k

    How Experience Affects Unix Systems Administrator Salaries

    The salary for a unix systems administrator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    Rochester, NY
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