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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Linux Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹6,70,089 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹7L
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Linux Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Linux Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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3i Infotech3i Infotech
Senior Linux Administrator
25 Dec 2020

“Job is stable and secure.”

FX InnovationFX Innovation
Senior Linux Administrator
10 Aug 2020

“Excellent flexibility (home/work balance); one of the best in Mtl”

Senior Embedded Linux Engineer
29 Jan 2021

“Good for learning for new comer”

Opel Vauxhall FinanceOpel Vauxhall Finance
Linux Engineer II
15 Aug 2021

“Good work life balance”

Opel Vauxhall FinanceOpel Vauxhall Finance
Linux Engineer II
15 Aug 2021

“No career progression”

Linux Engineer
2 Sep 2020

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

Tech MahindraTech Mahindra
Senior Linux Administrator
10 Sep 2019

“Not much to learn as a experienced associate.”

MITS Global ConsultingMITS Global Consulting
Senior Linux Administrator
19 Oct 2021

“It is a good opportunity to get to work with it.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a linux engineer

When working as a linux engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Linux Servers, Python Scripting, Devops Linux, Operating Systems and Puppet.

The most similar professions to linux engineer are:
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a linux engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.