Linux Systems Administrator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Linux Systems Administrator is $66,347 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. The highest paying skills associated with this job are VMware ESX and Shell Scripting.
Linux Systems Administrator Total Pay (?
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$48,679 - $96,913
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MEDIAN: $66,346
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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$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$48,679 - $96,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
Profit Sharing
$223.01 - $6,667  
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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$48,095 - $99,610  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$2.03 - $52.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$223.01 - $6,667  
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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$48,095 - $99,610  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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New York
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Washington
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National Average
$67,000
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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
$67,000

Skills That Affect Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

VMware ESX
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Cisco Networking
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Linux
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National Average
$67,000
Perl
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Cloud Computing
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Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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