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Working As A Linux Systems 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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Linux Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Administrator Career Paths

Linux Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Team Leader Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Team Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Team Leader Operations Director
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Lead Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Lead Network Manager Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Lead Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Member Technical Staff
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Administrator Information Technology Team Leader
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 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 Systems Administrator
Consultant 2.2%
Manager 1.5%
Top Careers After Linux Systems Administrator
Engineer 3.4%
Consultant 1.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Linux Systems Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Linux Systems Administrator in the United States is $79,407 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Unix/Linux Systems Admin 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. Carle Place, NY Nov 20, 2013 $159,299
Linux Systems Administrator Jbcconnect Ca LLC Oakland, CA Aug 18, 2016 $138,264
Linux Systems Administrator IMVU, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 24, 2014 $130,000
Linux System Administrator Xaxis, Inc. New York, NY Mar 21, 2016 $125,000
Linux Systems Administrator Salesforce.com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Nov 04, 2013 $125,000
Linux System Administrator Salesforce.com San Mateo, CA Aug 05, 2015 $125,000
Unix/Linux Architect-System & Storage Administrato OSI Consulting, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 01, 2015 $125,000
Linux System Administrator Salesforce.com Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 29, 2016 $120,390
Linux Systems Administrator Proofpoint, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 01, 2014 $115,830
Linux Systems Administrator Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 27, 2016 $112,530
Linux Systems Administrator Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 26, 2015 $111,509
System Administrator, Linux and Storage Daily News, L.P. Jersey City, NJ Apr 10, 2015 $110,000
Linux Systems Administrator National Public Radio Inc. Washington, DC Sep 09, 2015 $110,000
Linux Systems Administrator National Public Radio, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 07, 2014 $110,000
Linux Systems Administrator Sapphire Software Solutions Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Jan 09, 2016 $90,000
Linux Systems Administrator Sling Media, Inc. Foster City, CA Aug 15, 2014 $90,000
Unix/Linux Systems Administrator Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Reston, VA Apr 01, 2015 $89,669
Linux Systems Administrator Veritis Group, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 25, 2016 $88,795
Linux System Administrator TEK Leaders, Inc. Irving, TX Oct 24, 2016 $87,000
Linux System Administrator Klntek Pasadena, CA Sep 23, 2015 $87,000
Aix/Linux System Administrator Server Management Services LLC Irving, TX Jun 16, 2016 $85,900 -
$95,000
Linux Systems Administrator Apptricity Corporation Irving, TX Jun 24, 2016 $72,000
Linux System Administrator Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Nov 04, 2016 $72,000
Linux System Administrator Realsoft Technologies, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jul 12, 2016 $72,000
Linux Systems Administrator II-Strategic Accounts Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Feb 23, 2015 $71,660
Linux Systems Administrator II-Strategic Accounts Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Feb 13, 2015 $71,660
Unix/Linux System Administrator ADAP.TV, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 11, 2013 $70,849
Linux Systems Administrator Sapphire Software Solutions Inc. Omaha, NE Sep 19, 2016 $70,000
Linux Systems Administrator II Rackspace Us, Inc. Houston, TX May 12, 2014 $68,600

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Top Skills for A Linux Systems Administrator

  1. Linux
  2. Veritas
  3. Web Servers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported Linux based network and technical end-user assistance.
  • Involved in Firmware/ OS/ VERITAS upgrade; working with vendor and Field Engineers on various hardware issues.
  • Administered Linux servers for several functions include managing Apache web servers, mail server and firewalls in both development and production.
  • Scheduled jobs and automating processes using CRON and AT and Created and maintained file systems and performed RAID configuration on LINUX.
  • Installed various Linux distributions such as Red Hat and CentOS based servers in Development, Test and Production environments.

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  5. Rhode Island
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Linux Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Unknown

12.7%

Female

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

50.6%

Asian

16.5%

Black or African American

13.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Unknown

6.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

17.1%

Spanish

14.3%

Turkish

8.6%

German

5.7%

Cantonese

5.7%

Japanese

5.7%

Hindi

5.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Cherokee

2.9%

Greek

2.9%

Kannada

2.9%

Gujarati

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Afrikaans

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Thai

2.9%
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Linux Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

12.1%

University of Phoenix

9.3%

Prince George's Community College

6.9%

Strayer University

6.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.1%

Bowie State University

5.7%

Montgomery College

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.5%

Howard University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Bryn Mawr College

3.6%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

3.2%

University of Central Missouri

3.2%

The Academy

3.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.2%

Howard Community College

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.6%

Information Technology

11.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.5%

Computer Engineering

6.8%

Business

6.6%

Computer Networking

4.1%

Engineering

3.5%

Information Systems

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Management

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Chemistry

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Economics

1.2%

Education

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.1%

Masters

16.5%

Other

15.5%

Associate

8.8%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.2%
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