Webmaster Salary

Average Webmasters in the United States make around $52K per year. Total cash compensation to Webmasters bottoms out near $29K and approaches $78K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Men account for the majority of Webmasters who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. The majority of Webmasters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,471 - $76,841
$34K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,533
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$10.49 - $31.15
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MEDIAN: $16.81
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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
$34,471 - $76,841  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $9,658  
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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$29,366 - $77,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.49 - $31.15  
   
Overtime
$12.33 - $45.62  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$99.33 - $9,658  
   
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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$29,366 - $77,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Information Technology Directors. That role pays $103K per year on average. A Web Developer role is the most common promotion for Webmasters moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $52K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Webmasters is a Web Designer & Developer position, where earnings are usually $46K.

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Popular Skills for Webmaster


Survey results imply that Webmasters deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Development, HTML5, Dreamweaver, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include e-Commerce, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop. For most people, competency in Cascading Style Sheets indicates knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

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 $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. Webmasters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $54K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,770

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

For Webmasters, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Webmasters will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+46 percent), Atlanta (+38 percent), Boston (+38 percent), and Seattle (+25 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Webmaster's salary, with Oklahoma City Webmasters earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (14 percent lower) and Los Angeles (8 percent lower).

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
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
6%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Webmaster Salaries

▲17%

▲12%

▲10%

National Average
$49,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Webmaster Salaries


▲6%

▲3%

▲3%

Visual Basic (VB)
▼0%

National Average
$49,000


▼1%

▼1%


PHP
▼4%

▼5%




▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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