Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrator Salary

Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrators can expect to earn an average of $67K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrators. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,276 - $88,095
$45K
$67K
$88K
MEDIAN: $67,458
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$16.24 - $46.50
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MEDIAN: $27.26
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$0$90K
Salary $45,276 - $88,095
Bonus $-0.49 - $7,603
Profit Sharing $3,500
Total Pay (?
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$43,725 - $90,039
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 119
Hourly Data $0$86
Hourly Rate $16.24 - $46.50
Overtime $24.84 - $86.30
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $-0.49 - $7,603
Profit Sharing $3,500
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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$43,725 - $90,039
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,041

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrators in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Location significantly influences compensation, with Chicago Entry-Level Linux Systems Administrators earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (13 percent less) and San Antonio (11 percent less).

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
3 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
25%
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Skills That Affect Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

Puppet
▲8%

VMware ESX
▲7%

Cloud Computing
▲6%

Shell Scripting
▼0%

National Average
$67,000

System Administration
▼1%

Apache HTTP Server
▼2%

▼3%

MySQL
▼3%

Apache / Apache HTTP Server
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 10%
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