Linux System Administrator Salary (United States)

A Linux System Administrator earns an average salary of $68,519 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Network Management / Administration, Perl, and Cloud Computing. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Linux System Administrator Total Pay (?
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$44,749 - $99,128
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MEDIAN: $68,518
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Linux System Administrator Total Pay (?
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$14.45 - $40.17
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$44,749 - $99,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $14,000  
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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$41,231 - $97,828  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $40.17  
   
Overtime
$16.33 - $54.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $14,000  
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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$41,231 - $97,828  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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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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Pay Difference By Location
New York
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Dallas
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Seattle
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$67,000
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Experience Affects Linux System Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$67,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Linux System Administrator Salaries

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 19%
Perl
up arrow 18%
Cloud Computing
up arrow 10%
Linux
up arrow 4%
National Average
$67,000
Shell Scripting
up arrow 2%
Apache / Apache HTTP Server
up arrow 21%
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Gender
Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 11%
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