Linux Systems Administrator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Linux Systems Administrator is $65,498 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in VMware ESX is associated with high pay for this job.
Linux Systems Administrator Total Pay (?
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$48,540 - $94,181
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MEDIAN: $65,497
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Linux Systems Administrator Total Pay (?
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$15.10 - $51.06
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,540 - $94,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,882  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $6,416  
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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$47,756 - $97,407  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$2.01 - $52.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,882  
   
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $6,416  
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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$47,756 - $97,407  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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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 Difference By Location
Boston
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Seattle
up arrow 21%
Atlanta
up arrow 14%
New York
up arrow 11%
Washington
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National Average
$66,000
San Antonio
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Austin
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Chicago
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Experience Affects Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%
National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

VMware ESX
up arrow 31%
Cisco Networking
up arrow 8%
MySQL
up arrow 1%
National Average
$66,000
Linux
up arrow 1%
Perl
up arrow 7%
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Gender
Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
3%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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