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Linux Administrator Average Salary in South Africa 2019

How much money does a Linux Administrator make in South Africa?

31,355 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Linux Administrator in South Africa typically earns around 31,355 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Linux Administrator salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Linux Administrator Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Linux Administrator

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Linux Administrator salaries in South Africa range between 12,855 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 48,286 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 32,609 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Linux Administrator are earning less than 32,609 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 32,609 ZAR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Linux Administrator are earning less than 20,459 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 20,459 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Linux Administrator are earning less than 43,683 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 43,683 ZAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Linux Administrator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
14,804 ZAR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
20,296 ZAR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
25,610 ZAR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
30,925 ZAR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
36,239 ZAR
20+ Years    +24%  
44,920 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Linux Administrator salaries by experience level. A Linux Administrator with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 14,804 ZAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 20,296 ZAR per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 25,610 ZAR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Linux Administrator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 30,925 ZAR per month, 21% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 36,239 ZAR per month, 17% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 44,920 ZAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Linux Administrator

Linux Administrator Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
18,701 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
26,142 ZAR
Master's Degree    +41%  
36,771 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Linux Administrator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Linux Administrator is 18,701 ZAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 26,142 ZAR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 36,771 ZAR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Linux Administrator


Linux Administrator Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
28,376 ZAR
Male    +21%  
34,333 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Linux Administrator employees in South Africa earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Linux Administrator

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
26,808 ZAR
Public Sector    +34%  
35,901 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Linux Administrator employees in South Africa earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly South Africa Linux Administrator

Linux Administrator Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

How are Linux Administrator salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa Linux Administrator
Average Salary 2016    =  
28,117 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
29,157 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
30,236 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
31,355 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Linux Administrator salaries in South Africa are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Linux Administrator Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

181 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for Linux Administrator is 181 ZAR. This means that the average Linux Administrator in South Africa earns approximatly 181 ZAR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Linux Administrator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Linux Administrator and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Linux Administrator, Information Technology, and All Jobs and we found that Linux Administrator salaries are 3% more than those of Information Technology. We also found out that Information Technology salaries are 3% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Change Administrator27,751 ZAR-11%
CRM Application Administrator28,513 ZAR-9%
Information Technology Administrator25,095 ZAR-20%
Information Technology Project Administrator25,101 ZAR-20%
Linux Administrator31,355 ZAR=
Lotus Domino Administrator31,835 ZAR+2%
Mail Server Administrator28,571 ZAR-9%
NT Systems Administrator28,194 ZAR-10%
SharePoint Administrator30,710 ZAR-2%
System Administrator28,222 ZAR-10%
Technology Specialist32,085 ZAR+2%
UNIX Administrator31,481 ZAR+0%
Windows System Administrator28,279 ZAR-10%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein27,380 ZAR
Cape Town34,490 ZAR
Durban34,252 ZAR
Johannesburg31,028 ZAR
Port Elizabeth29,787 ZAR
Pretoria31,668 ZAR
22000 - 3
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