The following charts show the salary and demand statistics for various Operating Systems. The data is taken from the analysis of job advertisements in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.

Operating system popularity in the USA

Operating system popularity in the USA

  • There is a significantly higher demand for Windows Server skills than any other OS.
  • Windows Vista, 2000, and NT are still mentioned in numerous job advertisements, with Windows NT jobs being paid higher than the others.
  • RedHat skills are slightly more in demand than other *nix operating systems, although jobs mentioning Debian tend to offer higher salaries.

Operating system popularity in Great Britain

OS popularity in GB

  • Windows Server skills are in high demand, although Unix skills are offering jobs with higher salaries.
  • CentOS and RedHat are the two most popular *nix flavours in Great britain.

Operating system popularity in Australia

OS popularity in Australia

  • Australian jobs show a significantly restricted number of operating systems.
  • Windows Server skills are in reasonably good demand and pay more than the average Unix related job.

About this analysis

  • When reading these charts, the lower the demand for a skill, the less reliable the salary indicators become. It only takes a handful of jobs to shift the average.

  • Job data is extremely useful as it's plentiful and provides a lot of fascinating and interesting aspects to work with. It also has its challenges. You should read our full disclosure about the analysis for an insight into these challenges.