For Linux professionals, however, the news was even better.
Rather than a 5% increase in average salaries over the past year, those among professionals who regularly use Linux leaped a full 9% to $90,853.
Linux-using professionals also saw a 2% increase in the number who received bonuses last year. In addition, their bonuses--which amounted to $9,224, on average--were considerably bigger than the average $8,636 received by IT professionals in general.
"For the last few years, we've seen paychecks for Linux professionals grow faster than what we see for tech professionals overall," Dice.com VP Jennifer Bewley told me. "That's true of both salaries and bonuses.
"We've known Linux is a core skill, but it's starting to get a bankable reputation," she added. "More Linux, more money."