Linux System Administrator Salary

A Linux System Administrator earns an average salary of $69,190 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Perl, Puppet, UNIX, and Cloud Computing. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
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$43,096 - $99,213
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$43K
$69K
$99K
MEDIAN: $69,190
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$14.65 - $50.81
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,096 - $99,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,688  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $5,667  
Total Pay (?
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$40,574 - $100,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 497
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.65 - $50.81  
   
Overtime
$19.23 - $62.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,688  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $5,667  
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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$40,574 - $100,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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

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

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Experience Affects Linux System Administrator Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Linux System Administrator Salaries

Perl
up arrow 17%

Puppet
up arrow 15%

UNIX
up arrow 13%

Cloud Computing
up arrow 11%


up arrow 6%

Virtual Machine (VM)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$67,000

Linux
up arrow 1%

Shell Scripting
up arrow 3%

MySQL
up arrow 4%



System Administration
up arrow 14%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%
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