Webmaster Salary

For Webmasters, yearly average wages total $51K annually. Overall cash earnings for Webmasters stretch from $27K on the lower end to $76K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Male Webmasters are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,278 - $75,941
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,009
10%
50%
90%

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$10.99 - $35.14
(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
$32,278 - $75,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,048  
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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$27,478 - $76,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 827
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
$10.99 - $35.14  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $39.37  
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 - $5,048  
   
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).
)
$27,478 - $76,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Webmasters move into roles as Information Technology Directors, where pay is an average $101K per year. As Webmasters progress in their field, many go on to become Web Developers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $51K per year. Another common career choice for Webmasters is to move into a Web Designer & Developer role. Typically, Web Designer & Developers get paid $45K.

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Popular Skills for Webmaster


Webmasters seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Internet Information Server, Microsoft Active Server Pages, PHP, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, e-Commerce, and Adobe Photoshop. The majority of those who know 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Webmasters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Webmasters, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 55 percent greater than the national average. Webmasters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+40 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Oklahoma City, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Seattle and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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 13%

PHP
up arrow 11%

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 250 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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