IT Salary Tracker: Linux Professionals

Linux professionals, see how much demand there is for your skills, and find out what you can command for salaries and contract rates.

Linux fell out of the headlines rapidly after the open source buzz peaked in March and April 2000, just as NASDAQ began to sicken. But popularity and demand for the operating system are again on the rise. The same goes for the wages available to Linux professionals, who on average make $2,000 to $3,000 more per year than they did in February 2000, when we last examined salaries for this job type.

The overall average salary for Linux professionals is $82,500 per year, and the average contract rate is $80 per hour. The highest average salaries are in San Francisco, where Linux workers make $94,500 per year. New York Linux pros draw the highest contract rates, at an average $98 per hour. The largest concentration of Linux jobs is in northern California, where the combination of jobs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley amounts to 40% of the overall tally of Linux job openings. Finally, the job types in highest demand are systems administrators (34%) and software engineers (23%).

Averages are based on 1,202 listings on, with cities and job types bearing fewer than 10 listings excluded from mention. Data came from available positions listed during November 2000. Results are based on averages or totals from the following information: salary, job type, job skills, and location.

Highest salary by city (average): San Francisco, $94,500 per year
Highest contract rate by city (average): New York, $98 per hour
Most jobs by city: Silicon Valley, 22%
Most jobs by type: Systems administrators, 34%