Webmaster Salary

Webmasters in the United States take home an average $51K annually. Total cash compensation for Webmasters runs from $28K to $76K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Webmasters. Male Webmasters who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,729 - $75,925

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$11.14 - $35.14

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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
$32,729 - $75,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $5,745  
Commission
$1,300 - $8,500  
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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$27,878 - $76,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 808
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $35.14  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $39.93  
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 - $5,057  
   
Commission
$1,300 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $5,745  
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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$27,878 - $76,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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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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There are some Webmasters — though it's uncommon — that transition into Information Technology Directors, where earnings are an average $101K annually. 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 results imply that Webmasters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 9 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, e-Commerce, and Adobe Photoshop. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Web Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Webmasters make a median salary of $59K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $55K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 55 percent, Webmasters in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Webmasters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+40 percent), Washington (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Atlanta (+22 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Webmasters is geography, with workers in Oklahoma City earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Seattle and Portland (18 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 15%

PHP
up arrow 9%

SQL
up arrow 5%


Web Content Management
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

Web Development
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

Web Design
0%

National Average
$49,000

HTML
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

e-Commerce
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 239 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: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 24%
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