What does a Linux Engineer do?

Linux engineers are responsible for duties related to installing and maintaining Linux-based operating systems to ensure an organization’s hardware equipment runs properly. They oversee the process of installing the servers or transitioning hardware from other operating systems to Linux. They also look for ways to optimize, automate, or upgrade existing systems and processes for greater efficiency. They continuously monitor system performance and status, watching for signs of conflicts or issues. They perform testing and troubleshooting.

Linux engineers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, plus experience in tech support, computer programming, or a similar role. They must have in-depth experience with Linux systems, including testing and troubleshooting. These roles require strong analytical skills and good project management capabilities.

What responsibilities are common for Linux Engineer jobs?
  • Liaise with vendors and other IT personnel for technical design, implementation, and problem resolution.
  • Provide measurable contributions to the capabilities, security posture, and optimization of company technologies.
  • Create, maintain, and troubleshoot Linux instances on multiple networks, in multiple architectures.
  • Coordinate with other departments, such as Quality Engineering, Software Engineering and Product Management to ensure on-time delivery of a fully tested and compatible device that meets product requirements.
  • Offer a diverse and dynamic environment where get the chance to work directly with executives and develop expertise across multiple areas of the business.
  • Monitor and advise companies on complex global matters such as climate change, catastrophes, and geopolitical issues.
  • Provide design guidance and support to business partners to enable optimal usage of the technology.
  • Proactively measure all environments for adherence to enterprise standards and best practices and assist with remediation and optimization.
  • Represent team as a subject matter expert at meetings.
  • Troubleshoot issues with the product as reported from customers responsively.
What are the typical qualifications for Linux Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's degree in computer engineering, computer science or engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Advanced understanding of Linux systems.
  • Strong computing and scripting skills.
  • Comfortable with Agile practices.
  • Able to work in an environment using cloud systems.
  • Fluent in a variety of programming languages, software, and systems.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Linux Engineer make?

Confident
$116,153 /yr
Total Pay
$100,584
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$15,569
 /yr

Additional Pay

$116,153

 / yr
$69K$230K
Most Likely Range
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Linux Engineer Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
49%
5 - 7
21%
8+
18%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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“Job is stable and secure.”

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“Good for learning for new comer”

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“This is the best place for new guys”

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Aug 15, 2021

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“Good work life balance”

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“Also had some really great customers I got to know as well.”

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“Good for learning skills.”

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