$70,063
Avg. Salary
$28.81
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,290

Bonus

$2,928

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Linux System Administrator is $28.81 per hour.

The average pay for a Linux System Administrator is $70,063 per year.

$15.83
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$28.81
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$51.56
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MEDIAN $28.81
$48k
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$101k
90%
MEDIAN $70,062
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MEDIAN: $70,062
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$0$104K
Salary $47,513 - $100,656
Bonus $395 - $10,052
Profit Sharing $956 - $8,276
Total Pay (?
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$43,514 - $104,247
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,107
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $15.83 - $51.56
Overtime $24.27 - $61.28
Annual Data $0$104K
Bonus $395 - $10,052
Profit Sharing $956 - $8,276
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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$43,514 - $104,247
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 231

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.

Linux System Administrator Pay By Employer

$0$41K

Liquid Web
9 profiles
$35,958

Linux System Administrator Job Listings

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: $70,062

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).

Linux System Administrator Reviews

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

Linux System Administrator in Denver:
"Work Hard Play Hard."
Pros: Being able to get out and have plenty of activities both outdoors and socially in the area.
Cons: I love where I work and live. I don't have any real complaints that are more than temporary.

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

Linux System Administrator in La Jolla:
"Casual and easy going work environment."
LinuxAcademy.com is the best place to learn everything related to Linux and/or System Administration.

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
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

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Experience Affects Linux System Administrator Salaries

▲32%

▲18%

▲5%

National Average
$70,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Linux System Administrator Salaries

UNIX
▲12%

Cloud Computing
▲6%

▲4%

▲3%

▲3%

▲1%


National Average
$70,000

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
▼2%

▼4%





Bash
▼15%

▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 13%