The average Webmaster in the United States earns approximately $52K annually. Cash earnings for Webmasters — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $28K to approximately $79K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are more male Webmasters than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Webmasters. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,411 - $77,401
$34K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,785
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$10.37 - $32.09
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,411 - $77,401  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $8,109  
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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$28,233 - $78,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $32.09  
   
Overtime
$10.64 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $8,109  
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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$28,233 - $78,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136

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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

  • Advise internal groups on all issues relating to the web site.
  • Own site releases, QA signoff, and documentation.
  • Ensure site is optimized and is cross-platform and cross-browser compatible.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Webmaster


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Webmasters who advance into the role of an Information Technology Director are fairly uncommon. Information Technology Directors on average earn $103K per year. Going from Webmaster to Web Developer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $52K. Many others choose to work as Web Designer & Developers, where pay is typically $46K.

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Popular Skills for Webmaster


Survey takers working as Webmasters report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Web Development, HTML5, Dreamweaver, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include e-Commerce, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop. It is often found that people who know Cascading Style Sheets are also skilled in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $55K. Webmasters bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,145

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Webmasters, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 54 percent above the national average. Webmasters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+45 percent), Seattle (+43 percent), Atlanta (+37 percent), and Boston (+37 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Webmasters in Oklahoma City earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (14 percent less) and Los Angeles (8 percent less).

Webmaster Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Webmaster

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Webmaster Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Webmaster Salaries


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$49,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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