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Webmaster Salary

Webmasters in the United States can expect wages of $51K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Webmasters approaches anywhere from $27K on the lower end to $76K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Male Webmasters who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. The majority of Webmasters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,073 - $75,910
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,936
10%
50%
90%

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$10.98 - $35.06
(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
$32,073 - $75,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,113  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,774  
Commission
$1,572 - $7,123  
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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$27,108 - $76,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 836
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
$10.98 - $35.06  
   
Overtime
$15.37 - $39.71  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,113  
   
Commission
$1,572 - $7,123  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,774  
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).
)
$27,108 - $76,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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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Webmasters sometimes assume positions such as Information Technology Directors. That role pays $101K per year on average. The most common promotion for Webmasters is Web Developer, a position that typically pays $51K annually. Another standard transition for Webmasters seeking advancement is to assume a Web Designer & Developer role, where pay is often $45K.

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Popular Skills for Webmaster


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 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.

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. Webmasters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Webmasters who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Webmasters, 55 percent higher than the national average. Webmasters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+40 percent), Washington (+24 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Compared to the national average, Oklahoma City Webmasters have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Portland (17 percent lower and 3 percent lower, 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 7%


JavaScript
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 4%

Web Development
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 3%

Web Design
0%

National Average
$49,000

HTML
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 24%
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