Average Linux Systems Administrator Salary

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The average salary for a Linux Systems Administrator is $74,604.
MEDIAN $74,604
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$50k - $111k
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$2k - $7k
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$49k - $114k

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Job Description for Linux Systems Administrator

Linux Systems 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 Systems Administrator

Skills in Shell Scripting and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Apache HTTP Server, System Administration and Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Linux Systems Administrator

An entry-level Linux Systems Administrator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $58,965 based on 11 salaries. An early career Linux Systems Administrator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,366 based on 149 salaries. A mid-career Linux Systems Administrator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $77,456 based on 129 salaries. An experienced Linux Systems Administrator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,173 based on 103 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $93,277.
Employees with Linux Systems Administrator in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 21.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (10.9% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (10.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (12.9% less), San Antonio, Texas (11.4% less) and Chicago, Illinois (1.0% less).

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