Webmaster Salary (United States)

Webmasters in the United States pull down an average of $46,682 per year. Pay starts at $26,889 and can approach $74,845 per year on the higher side. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission—peaking near $5,148, $5,614, and $7,003, respectively—total cash payment to Webmasters can bottom out near $31,033 or peak near $74,738. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not claimed by all—25 percent lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. The majority of Webmasters claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Webmaster Salary (?
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$31,033 - $74,738
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MEDIAN: $49,701
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Webmaster Salary (?
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$10.63 - $34.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,033 - $74,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,148  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $5,614  
Commission
$503 - $7,003  
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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$26,889 - $74,845  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,019
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.63 - $34.49  
   
Overtime
$16.29 - $44.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,148  
   
Commission
$503 - $7,003  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $5,614  
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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$26,889 - $74,845  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 469
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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 not the most common occurrence, Webmasters who become IT Directors earn an extra $53K per year. With an annual $4,016 increase in salary, a Web Developer is the most common role for Webmasters to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Web Designer & Developer role—which actually slashes pay by $1,474—is also typical for Webmasters, though less common by comparison.

Webmaster Job Listings

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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 Internet Information Server (IIS), Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP), Microsoft SQL Server, and Web Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 15 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, e-Commerce, and Adobe Photoshop. Most people familiar with Adobe Photoshop also know Web Design and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Webmasters generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. New salaries start at $39,793 and reach $49,839 in five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $59K. Salaries grow more slowly as Webmasters approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $60K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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Boston
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Atlanta
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New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$47,000
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Webmasters will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 54 percent. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Boston, Atlanta, Washington, and Dallas, where Webmasters typically earn around 41 percent, 28 percent, 25 percent, and 18 percent more than usual. The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Oklahoma City.

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Experience Affects Webmaster Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect Webmaster Salaries

Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
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PHP
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SQL
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Graphic Design
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Web Development
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National Average
$47,000
HTML
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Adobe Photoshop
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 357 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 25%
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