The average salary for a Linux Systems Administrator is $74,604.
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Job Description for Linux Systems Administrator
Linux systems administrators, who are typically referred to as “sysadmins” within a company, are responsible for the configuration, maintenance, and overall function of computer systems that run Linux. These tasks relate both to hardware and software aspects of the network. The scope of the position may vary widely according to employers' needs. For example, smaller businesses might use a system composed of a limited number of peer-to-peer connections and perhaps a modest central server. Linux s…Read more
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
Apache HTTP Server
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.
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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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