Webmaster Salary

The average Webmaster in the United States earns approximately $51K annually. Total cash compensation to Webmasters approaches anywhere from $28K on the lower end to $76K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Close to one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Male Webmasters are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$32,407 - $75,797
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,845
10%
50%
90%

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$11.12 - $35.28
(Median)
$11
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,407 - $75,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $5,745  
Commission
$1,300 - $8,500  
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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$27,595 - $76,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 816
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $35.28  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $39.93  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
   
Commission
$1,300 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $5,745  
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).
)
$27,595 - $76,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 363
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Job Description for Webmaster

A webmaster’s general duties center around all aspects of an organization’s web site, including work in website design and layout, as well as routine updates and maintenance. Webmasters in larger companies may have to coordinate with marketing/branding professionals to ensure the organization's web presence adheres to that department's standards. The web master may have a variety of related responsibilities involving interorganization intranets, portals, and online security maintenance. Additionally, the webmaster is likely to supervise how and when web content is added to the company's website, and they usually work with content creators to facilitate timely and regular updates.

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Webmaster Tasks

  • Design, develop, and execute site architecture and navigation including redesigns and upgrades.
  • Collaborate with creative staff on design and layout issues to facilitate web publishing.
  • Ensure site is optimized and is cross-platform and cross-browser compatible.
  • Advise internal groups on all issues relating to the web site.
  • Own site releases, QA signoff, and documentation.

Common Career Paths for Webmaster


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Webmasters do not often transition into Information Technology Director roles. The role averages $101K per year. More often than not, a Web Developer role is the next step for Webmasters moving up in the field. Web Developers usually make $51K per year. Many other Webmasters choose to take on a Web Designer & Developer role, where salaries are typically $45K.

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Popular Skills for Webmaster


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Internet Information Server, Microsoft Active Server Pages, PHP, and Dreamweaver are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Adobe Photoshop, and e-Commerce. Most people familiar with Adobe Photoshop also know Web Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Webmasters see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $55K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Webmasters, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 55 percent above the national average. Webmasters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+40 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), and Washington (+22 percent). Webmasters in Oklahoma City earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Seattle and 3 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Webmaster Reviews

What is it like working as a Webmaster?

Webmaster in Waterloo:
"Webmaster."
Pros: I enjoy the people that I work with and the duties I am responsible for. I do a lot of different jobs such as web development, project management, photography, graphic design, marketing, and IT maintenance.
Cons: I am not recognized for my work, because most of my co-workers have no idea what amount of effort is required for jobs that are asked of me.

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Experience Affects Webmaster Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Webmaster Salaries


Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 14%

PHP
up arrow 10%

SQL
up arrow 6%


Web Content Management
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

Web Development
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

Web Design
0%

National Average
$49,000

HTML
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

e-Commerce
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 243 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 24%
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