Linux System Administrator Salary

A Linux System Administrator earns an average salary of $68,905 per year. A skill in UNIX is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
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$46,598 - $98,747
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$99K
MEDIAN: $69,676
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$15.82 - $50.72
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$0$102K
Salary $46,598 - $98,747
Bonus $410.22 - $10,346
Profit Sharing $202.73 - $19,727
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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$43,382 - $102,286
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 596
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $15.82 - $50.72
Overtime $24.27 - $61.28
Annual Data $0$102K
Bonus $410.22 - $10,346
Profit Sharing $202.73 - $19,727
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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$43,382 - $102,286
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 117

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Job Description for Linux System Administrator

A Linux system administrator is responsible for the standard day-to-day administration of Linux servers. This would include, but not be limited to, deployment of a standard LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) web server configuration, including installing all standard plugins, SSL and configuration. A Linux system administrator should also be familiar with at least two different Linux distributions. Ideally, one of the Linux distributions should be Redhat Enterprise Linux, the most common distribution used in the corporate world. The second distribution should be one of the Debian based distributions (such as Debian and Ubuntu), since most cloud service providers use some form of Debian for their servers. A typical applicant should have at least three years of experience in day-to-day administration of Linux servers.

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Linux System Administrator Tasks

  • Maintain, enhance and create tools for the Linux environment and its users.
  • Create and update documentation, including maintenance logs and end user training.
  • Back up, recover, maintain and migrate data and programs.
  • Identify and resolve service problems ranging from disaster recovery to login problems.

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Pay by Experience Level for Linux System Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Linux System Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Linux System Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 399 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Linux 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 $73,000 based on 248 salaries. An experienced Linux System Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 172 salaries. A Linux 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 $93,000 based on 46 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,974

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Linux System Administrator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Linux System Administrator?

Linux System Administrator in Austin:
"Good place to work."
Pros: Good job security. Good perks. Laid back office environment.
Cons:

Linux System Administrator in San Francisco:
"Corporate culture, work flexibility."
Pros: Perks, the management.
Cons:

Linux System Administrator in St. Louis:
"Always Learning."
Pros: Supervisors and management are very easy to work with and knowledgeable.
Cons: Work with many under qualified individuals who have a lack of motivation to get the job done.

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Key Stats for Linux System Administrator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 103 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Linux System Administrator Salaries

▲32%

▲18%

▲5%

National Average
$70,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Linux System Administrator Salaries

UNIX
▲12%

Cloud Computing
▲6%

▲4%

▲3%

▲3%


▲1%

National Average
$70,000

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
▼2%

▼4%





Bash
▼14%

▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 12%
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