Entry-Level Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist Salary

Entry-Level Search Engine Optimization Specialists can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K annually. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Men make up the majority of Entry-Level Search Engine Optimization Specialists (61 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Entry-Level Search Engine Optimization Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,351 - $58,155
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,473
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$10.31 - $21.70
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$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,351 - $58,155  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$807 - $10,323  
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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$25,649 - $57,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $21.70  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $32.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$807 - $10,323  
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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$25,649 - $57,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Search Engine Optimization Specialists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Search Engine Optimization Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Salt Lake City and Dallas (9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level 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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Web Marketing
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Social Media Marketing
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%
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