The average salary for a Linux Systems Administrator is $72,472 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Virtualization is associated with high pay for this job.

$48,507 - $110,848
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MEDIAN: $72,471
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$16.95 - $50.51
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,507 - $110,848  
   
Bonus
$500 - $10,563  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $8,877  
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$47,778 - $112,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 330
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Hourly Rate
$16.95 - $50.51  
   
Overtime
$26.04 - $58.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$500 - $10,563  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $8,877  
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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$47,778 - $112,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Job Description for Linux Systems Administrator

Linux systems administrators, who are typically referred to as “sysadmins” within a company, are responsible for the configuration, maintenance, and overall function of computer systems that run Linux. These tasks relate both to hardware and software aspects of the network. The scope of the position may vary widely according to employers' needs. For example, smaller businesses might use a system composed of a limited number of peer-to-peer connections and perhaps a modest central server. Linux systems administrators who work for large corporations are likely to work as part of a sizable team that maintains a network including thousands of workstations and numerous servers. If the company includes multiple sites, administrators are also likely to maintain a virtual private network.

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Linux Systems 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 Systems Administrator

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,017

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Linux Systems Administrator Reviews

What is it like working as a Linux Systems Administrator?

Linux Systems Administrator in Houston:
"Fun Job If You Like Solving Problems."
Pros: I really love having a new problem to solve every day. That, along with the fact that I get to learn something new almost every time I touch a server makes going to work a fun experience.
Cons: Constantly putting out the same fires over and over again can get a bit repetitive. The company where I work solves problems on a ticket basis, so it can get to be a bit of a grind after a while unless you focus on the problem you are solving. Also, the clientele at a budget web host can be somewhat demanding and difficult to deal with unless you have some good "soft" skills like previous customer service experience.

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Experience Affects Linux Systems Administrator Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

Virtualization
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Storage Area Networking (SAN)
up arrow 9%


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Automation Scripting
up arrow 6%

Shell Scripting
up arrow 2%

Cloud Computing
up arrow 2%

PostgreSQL
0%

National Average
$72,000

Linux
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Apache / Apache HTTP Server
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Apache HTTP Server
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System Administration
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MySQL
up arrow 4%

Python
up arrow 7%

Perl
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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