Linux System Administrator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Linux System Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $70K annually nationwide. Total cash compensation to Linux System Administrators bottoms out near $43K and approaches $102K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Linux System Administrators is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,312 - $99,673
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$70K
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MEDIAN: $69,904
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$15.89 - $51.46
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$0$104K
Salary $48,312 - $99,673
Bonus $492.56 - $10,850
Profit Sharing $200.00 - $20,000
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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$44,423 - $104,644
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 577
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $15.89 - $51.46
Overtime $24.27 - $60.99
Annual Data $0$104K
Bonus $492.56 - $10,850
Profit Sharing $200.00 - $20,000
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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$44,423 - $104,644
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 113

Job Description for Linux System Administrator

A Linux system administrator is responsible for the standard day-to-day administration of Linux servers. This would include, but not be limited to, deployment of a standard LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) web server configuration, including installing all standard plugins, SSL and configuration. A Linux system administrator should also be familiar with at least two different Linux distributions. Ideally, one of the Linux distributions should be Redhat Enterprise Linux, the most common distribution used in the corporate world. The second distribution should be one of the Debian based distributions (such as Debian and Ubuntu), since most cloud service providers use some form of Debian for their servers. A typical applicant should have at least three years of experience in day-to-day administration of Linux servers.

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Linux System 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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Popular Skills for Linux System Administrator


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Cloud Computing, VMware ESX, and Puppet are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like MySQL, Bash, and Cisco Networking. Those familiar with Linux also tend to know VMware ESX.

Pay by Experience Level for Linux System Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Linux System Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Linux System Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 399 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Linux System Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 248 salaries. An experienced Linux System Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 172 salaries. A Linux System Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 46 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,444

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Linux System Administrators, 41 percent above the national average. Linux System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), San Diego (+4 percent), and Denver (+4 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Linux System Administrators is geography, with workers in Lansing earning a whopping 43 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (31 percent lower) and Chicago (17 percent lower).

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Q: What is it like working as a Linux System Administrator?

Linux System Administrator in Austin:
"Good place to work."
Pros: Good job security. Good perks. Laid back office environment.
Cons:

Linux System Administrator in San Francisco:
"Corporate culture, work flexibility."
Pros: Perks, the management.
Cons:

Linux System Administrator in St. Louis:
"Always Learning."
Pros: Supervisors and management are very easy to work with and knowledgeable.
Cons: Work with many under qualified individuals who have a lack of motivation to get the job done.

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Key Stats for Linux System Administrator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Linux System Administrator Salaries

▲31%

▲17%

▲4%

National Average
$70,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Linux System Administrator Salaries

UNIX
▲12%

Cloud Computing
▲6%

▲3%

▲3%

▲2%


▼0%

National Average
$70,000

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
▼3%

▼4%





Bash
▼15%

▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 12%