Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrator Salary

The average Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrator can expect to rake in roughly $67K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$44,739 - $85,754
$45K
$67K
$86K
MEDIAN: $66,872
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$16.18 - $51.39
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$51
MEDIAN: $26.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,739 - $85,754  
   
Bonus
$253.42 - $7,308  
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
Total Pay (?
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$43,535 - $88,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.18 - $51.39  
   
Overtime
$39.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$253.42 - $7,308  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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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$43,535 - $88,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,994

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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrators, 27 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrators in Chicago earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and San Antonio (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Linux Systems Administrator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Linux Systems Administrator in Seattle:
"Demanding Work, Rough Hours - But I Make The Internet Happen!"
Introduce yourself to the world of free and open-source software and start playing with Linux. I didn't get serious about it until a few years into my career and once I got comfortable doing things "the UNIX way" I could never look back. Once you're free to use the full power of your computer, go ahead and "tinker" with different software packages. Set yourself up with a little server farm (I got a few cloud VPS servers for about $10/mo. Total) and set up a domain name and website, with email, your own DNS, nagios monitoring and automated alerts, log watch, puppet/chef config management ... At some point, you will need to know something about all of that stuff and setting up a simple implementation is a great way to quickly learn the basics. Plus, I'm a big nerd and think it's super-fun. Finally, learn a modern scripting language, such as PERL and/or Python. Along with good BASH skills, these enable you to build complex automation/management tools that will make people love you.

Key Stats for Linux Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
26%
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Skills That Affect Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

Puppet
▲10%

Cloud Computing
▲8%

VMware ESX
▲8%

Shell Scripting
▲2%

System Administration
▼0%

Apache HTTP Server
▼0%

National Average
$66,000

▼2%

MySQL
▼2%

Apache / Apache HTTP Server
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 12%