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Working As A Linux Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Linux Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Linux Administrator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Linux Administrator Career Paths

Linux Administrator
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Release Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Administrator Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Linux Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Field Service Technician Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Developer Systems Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Solutions Architect Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Developer Information Technology Analyst Application Support Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Linux Engineer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Linux Administrator
Consultant 1.5%
Top Careers After Linux Administrator
Engineer 3.6%
Consultant 1.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
COMPUTER RESOURCE TECH
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Linux Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Linux Administrator in the United States is $76,701 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

Real Linux Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Linux SYS Admin Trulia Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $125,000
Linux Administrator AES Servics, Inc. Arlington, VA Oct 21, 2016 $115,000 -
$125,000
Linux Administrator Nabors Corporate Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 03, 2016 $110,032
Linux Administrator Flextrade Systems, Inc. Great Neck, NY Aug 31, 2016 $105,000
Linux Administrator SIRI Infosolutions Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jun 09, 2016 $100,000
Linux Administrator SIRI Infosolutions Inc. Indianapolis, IN Mar 10, 2016 $100,000
Aix/Linux Administrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 01, 2016 $95,100 -
$105,000
Linux Administrator Numit Technologies LLC Woonsocket, RI Nov 04, 2016 $95,000
Redhat Linux Administrator Genesis Corp Dallas, TX Aug 26, 2015 $94,000
Linux Administrator Populus Group LLC San Jose, CA Sep 22, 2016 $93,915
Linux Administrator Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Reston, VA Jul 28, 2015 $92,248
Linux Administrator Adroit Resources Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 17, 2016 $90,000
Linux Administrator Epitec, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 16, 2015 $85,280
Linux Administrator Salesforce.com Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jun 17, 2016 $74,547
Linux Administrator Veritis Group, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ May 18, 2015 $73,920
Linux Administrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX May 10, 2016 $72,400 -
$83,000
Linux Administrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 08, 2016 $72,400 -
$82,000
Linux Administrator TEK Signature LLC Berkeley Lake, GA Sep 15, 2016 $71,500
Linux Admin Glaman Tech, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 08, 2016 $71,000
Linux Administrator Advanced Knowledge Tech, LLC Fort Worth, TX Sep 26, 2016 $70,000
Linux Administrator Growth 2.0 LLC Philadelphia, PA May 05, 2016 $70,000
Aix/Linux Administrator Reliant Vision Group Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jul 26, 2016 $65,500
Aix/Linux Administrator Reliant Vision Group Inc. NJ Jun 21, 2016 $65,500
Aix/Linux Adminstrator Reliant Vision Group Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jun 23, 2016 $65,500
Linux Administrator Aita Consulting Services, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Jan 06, 2016 $65,333
Linux Administrator Veritis Group, Inc. San Antonio, TX Jan 12, 2015 $65,000
Linux Admin Evolvingapps, LLC. Burbank, CA Sep 21, 2016 $65,000
Linux Administrator United Software Group Inc. Saint Louis Park, MN Dec 09, 2016 $65,000
Linux Administrator Sonicsoft Inc. Schaumburg, IL Aug 27, 2016 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Linux Administrator

  1. Linux
  2. Web Servers
  3. File System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created volume groups logical volumes and partitions on the Linux servers and mounted file systems and created partitions.
  • Install and configure Web servers, file servers, firewalls, and directory services with ability to diagnose basic configuration bottleneck.
  • Configured distributed file systems and administering NFS server and NFS clients and editing auto-mounting mapping as per system / user requirements.
  • Design, implementation and regular maintenance of VXFS, VVM and VERITAS Cluster, MC/Service guard Packages, load balancing.
  • Configured and deployed patches, upgrades, bug fixes on both physical and virtual Red Hat Linux servers using satellite servers.

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  3. District of Columbia
  4. Connecticut
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Texas
  7. New York
  8. California
  9. North Carolina
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Linux Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

74.7%

Unknown

13.9%

Female

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

47.8%

Asian

22.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

7.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

French

21.4%

Portuguese

7.1%

Greek

7.1%

German

7.1%

Russian

7.1%

Latvian

7.1%

Dakota

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%
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Linux Administrator Education

Schools

Northwestern Polytechnic University

9.1%

University of Central Missouri

8.5%

Bryn Mawr College

8.5%

University of Houston

7.3%

More Tech Institute

6.7%

Southern Arkansas University

6.1%

University of Maryland - University College

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.3%

Prince George's Community College

3.7%

Stratford University

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.7%

Silicon Valley University

3.7%

Lansing Community College

3.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.0%

Bowie State University

3.0%

Northern Illinois University

3.0%

Western Governors University

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

35.2%

Electrical Engineering

14.1%

Information Technology

10.9%

Computer Engineering

7.6%

Engineering

5.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Business

4.1%

Computer Applications

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Information Systems

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Mathematics

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.1%

Computer Systems Security

1.1%

Education

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.9%

Computer Technical Support

0.7%

Management Information Systems

0.7%

Chemistry

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.2%

Masters

20.4%

Other

12.5%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

1.0%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.4%
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