Linux System Administrator Salary

A Linux System Administrator earns an average salary of $70,273 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Puppet and UNIX. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
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$44,414 - $99,618
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$44K
$70K
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MEDIAN: $70,272
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$14.36 - $47.27
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,414 - $99,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $15,659  
Total Pay (?
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$40,349 - $100,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $47.27  
   
Overtime
$16.85 - $56.62  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $15,659  
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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$40,349 - $100,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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 by Experience Level for Linux System Administrator

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

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Experience Affects Linux System Administrator Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Linux System Administrator Salaries

Puppet
up arrow 13%

UNIX
up arrow 11%

Cloud Computing
up arrow 10%

Perl
up arrow 10%


Python
up arrow 3%

Virtual Machine (VM)
up arrow 1%

Linux
0%

Shell Scripting
0%

National Average
$69,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%

MySQL
up arrow 2%


System Administration
up arrow 17%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 13%