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Linux System Administrator Salary

  Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $135,500 $11,291 $2,605 $65
75th Percentile $115,500 $9,625 $2,221 $56
Average $99,759 $8,313 $1,918 $48
25th Percentile $82,000 $6,833 $1,576 $39
$44,000 - $53,999
1% of jobs
$54,000 - $63,999
4% of jobs
$64,000 - $73,999
9% of jobs
$82,000 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers.
$74,000 - $83,999
12% of jobs
$84,000 - $93,999
17% of jobs
The average salary is $99,759 a year
$94,000 - $103,999
19% of jobs
$104,000 - $113,999
12% of jobs
$115,500 is the 75th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$114,000 - $123,999
6% of jobs
$124,000 - $133,999
6% of jobs
$135,500 is the 90th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$134,000 - $143,999
7% of jobs
$144,000 - $154,000
1% of jobs

National Average

$44,000 $99,759/year $48/hour $154,000
Linux System Administrator Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Chicago, IL

As of Oct 22, 2020, the average annual pay for a Linux System Administrator in the United States is $99,759 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $47.96 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,918/week or $8,313/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $154,000 and as low as $44,000, the majority of Linux System Administrator salaries currently range between $82,000 (25th percentile) to $115,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $135,500 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Linux System Administrator varies greatly (by as much as $33,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Linux System Administrator job market in both Chicago, IL and the surrounding area is very active. A Linux System Administrator in your area makes on average $102,122 per year, or $2,363 (2%) more than the national average annual salary of $99,759. ranks number 1 out of 50 states nationwide for Linux System Administrator salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Linux System Administrator jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a Linux System Administrator on ZipRecruiter today.

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Linux System Administrator Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Linux System Administrator job is above the national average. Topping the list is Redwood City, CA, with New York City, NY and San Mateo, CA close behind in the second and third positions. San Mateo, CA beats the national average by $16,324 (15.1%), and Redwood City, CA furthers that trend with another $25,557 (22.7%) above the $99,759 average.

Importantly, Redwood City, CA has a moderately active Linux System Administrator job market with only a few companies currently hiring for this type of role.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Linux System Administrator appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 12% between Redwood City, CA and Renton, WA, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Linux System Administrator role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Redwood City, CA$125,317$10,443$2,410$60.25
New York City, NY$118,460$9,872$2,278$56.95
San Mateo, CA$116,083$9,674$2,232$55.81
Juneau, AK$112,924$9,410$2,172$54.29
Boston, MA$112,850$9,404$2,170$54.25
Berkeley, CA$111,655$9,305$2,147$53.68
Santa Monica, CA$111,497$9,291$2,144$53.60
Daly City, CA$111,339$9,278$2,141$53.53
Quincy, MA$111,212$9,268$2,139$53.47
Renton, WA$111,018$9,252$2,135$53.37

Top 5 Best Paying Related Linux System Administrator Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Linux System Administrator job category that pay more per year than a typical Linux System Administrator salary. Top examples of these roles include: Senior Linux Engineer, Senior Linux Systems Engineer, and Senior Unix Administrator.

However, these example jobs are paid fairly similarly to Linux System Administrator jobs, with a range of just $16,149 (15.0%) to $28,847 (25.3%) more than the average Linux System Administrator salary of $99,759.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Senior Linux Engineer$128,606$10,717$2,473$61.83
Senior Linux Systems Engineer$124,635$10,386$2,397$59.92
Senior Unix Administrator$123,042$10,254$2,366$59.15
Senior Linux Administrator$119,134$9,928$2,291$57.28
Red Hat Linux Administrator$115,908$9,659$2,229$55.73

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