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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist Salary

Those pursuing careers as Search Engine Optimization Specialists in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $41K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Search Engine Optimization Specialists. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 61 percent of Search Engine Optimization Specialists are male. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,251 - $59,997
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$29K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,750
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$10.35 - $24.14
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,251 - $59,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
Profit Sharing
$807 - $10,056  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,492 - $59,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 422
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $24.14  
   
Overtime
$16.08 - $32.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
   
Profit Sharing
$807 - $10,056  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,492 - $59,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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Job Description for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist

Search engine optimization (SEO) specialists are experts whose roles are to increase the visibility of a website. Their task is to develop web contents and conduct online campaigns that are in line with a client's strategies. They are also responsible for content optimization and for analysis of the results of these SEO campaigns. SEO specialists usually works for large organization or business entities with substantial investment and presence on the Internet. They are usually hired by (and report to) an SEO manager or an IT (information technology) manager. They typically collaborate with the development and QA teams as well as the marketing department in order to ensure that SEO best practices, guidelines and targets are met. SEO specialists work in company offices together with the other members of the SEO team as well as the rest of the technology personnel. The bulk of their work days may consist of meetings, telephone conferences and desk work, which may involve coding, generating and analyzing reports, and writing documentations. SEO specialists generally maintain normal work hours but as with any job in the technology industry. To work as an SEO specialist requires a bachelor's degree in a technical field such as computer science and significant work experience in search engine optimization. Completion of a certificate course in SEO will be very helpful for those with no work background in SEO.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist Tasks

  • Conduct competitive analysis and content optimization.
  • Write web content and design online campaigns for clients.
  • Implement SEO strategies with target goals in mind.
  • Analyze the success of SEO campaigns and communicate the results to stakeholders.

Common Career Paths for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist


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Advancing into a Search Engine Optimization Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Search Engine Optimization Specialists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $58K per year.

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Popular Skills for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist


Survey results suggest that Search Engine Optimization Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Web Analytics, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Marketing and Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Search Engine Optimization also tend to know Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Search Engine Optimization Specialists that is 30 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Search Engine Optimization Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+28 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Search Engine Optimization Specialists in Las Vegas report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 35 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Orlando and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (34 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist in Scottsdale:
"Constantly Changing."
Pros: SEO is just good knowledge to have. If you want to start a business, having a solid SEO background can give you a leg up on the competition. IT's a constantly changing environment, so you have to be adept to change which make it interesting. You have to think creatively.
Cons: SEO is a lot of hard work. What you do this year could be outdated the next.

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Experience Affects Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist Salaries



National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist Salaries

Web Analytics
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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National Average
$39,000

Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
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HTML
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Web Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%
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