Linux Systems Administrator Salary

The average salary for a Linux Systems Administrator is $74,168 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Virtualization and Puppet.

$49,117 - $114,854
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$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,168
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$16.31 - $51.84
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MEDIAN: $27.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,117 - $114,854  
   
Bonus
$492.25 - $10,388  
Profit Sharing
$3,072  
Total Pay (?
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$47,062 - $115,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.31 - $51.84  
   
Overtime
$24.93 - $61.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$492.25 - $10,388  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,072  
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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$47,062 - $115,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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

  • 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 Systems Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Linux Systems Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Linux Systems Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 154 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Linux Systems Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 121 salaries. An experienced Linux Systems Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 91 salaries. A Linux Systems Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 19 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,952

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Linux Systems Administrator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Linux Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

▲26%

▲23%

▲2%

National Average
$73,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

Virtualization
▲13%

▲11%

▲8%

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
▲7%

Automation Scripting
▲5%


Python
▲2%

Cloud Computing
▼0%

National Average
$73,000

PostgreSQL
▼1%

▼2%




▼5%

Perl
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 12%