A Linux System Administrator earns an average salary of $68,868 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 career.
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$15.45 - $53.98
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,146 - $98,477  
   
Bonus
$410.22 - $11,461  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $8,217  
Total Pay (?
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$41,275 - $102,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 627
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Hourly Rate
$15.45 - $53.98  
   
Overtime
$25.83 - $66.08  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$410.22 - $11,461  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $8,217  
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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$41,275 - $102,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,138

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Key Stats for Linux System Administrator

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Linux System Administrator Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Linux System Administrator Salaries

UNIX
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Cloud Computing
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Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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