Webmaster Salary

Median pay for Webmasters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $51K annually. Total cash compensation to Webmasters ranges from $28K on the lower end to $77K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. More than half of Webmasters (65 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,349 - $76,555
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,251
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90%

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$11.15 - $34.04
(Median)
$11
$17
$34
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,349 - $76,555  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,053  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,894  
Commission
$6,766  
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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$28,275 - $76,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 764
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $34.04  
   
Overtime
$12.77 - $39.41  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,053  
   
Commission
$6,766  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,894  
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).
)
$28,275 - $76,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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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It's not very common for Webmasters to move on to become Information Technology Directors. Average pay for an Information Technology Director is $102K annually. The most common career progression for Webmasters leads to becoming a Web Developer, where average pay is $52K annually. However, many Webmasters also opt to become Web Designer & Developers. Typically, a Web Designer & Developer brings home $46K.

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Popular Skills for Webmaster


Webmasters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Active Server Pages, PHP, SQL, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, e-Commerce, and Wordpress. Those proficient in Adobe Photoshop are, more often than not, also skilled in Web Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

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


Webmasters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. Webmasters see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,777

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

With a pay rate for Webmasters that is 55 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Webmasters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+38 percent), Washington (+28 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), and Dallas (+20 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 also pay below the national average in Seattle (16 percent lower) and Portland (4 percent lower).

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


PHP
up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 6%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

Web Development
up arrow 3%

Web Content Management
up arrow 3%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

HTML
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Wordpress
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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