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Webmaster Salary

For Webmasters, yearly average wages total $51K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Webmasters spread between $27K and $77K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. More than half of Webmasters (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Webmasters like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,099 - $76,060
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,796
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90%

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$10.90 - $35.13
(Median)
$11
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$32,099 - $76,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,048  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $5,800  
Commission
$1,017 - $6,962  
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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$26,815 - $76,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 848
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $35.13  
   
Overtime
$15.89 - $43.36  
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.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,048  
   
Commission
$1,017 - $6,962  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $5,800  
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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$26,815 - $76,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 408

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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. Becoming a Web Developer is, more often than not, the most common role that Webmasters move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $51K. Another frequent advance is for Webmasters to assume a Web Designer & Developer role; in this role, workers often earn $45K.

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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, Internet Information Server, and Dreamweaver are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, e-Commerce, and Adobe Photoshop. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in Web Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. On average, Webmasters make $58K following one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Webmasters, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 57 percent above the national average. Webmasters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+37 percent), Washington (+26 percent), Atlanta (+24 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Webmasters is geography, with workers in Oklahoma City earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Seattle and 2 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$48,000


Skills That Affect Webmaster Salaries

PHP
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 14%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 13%



SQL
up arrow 6%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 4%

Web Development
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
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National Average
$48,000

HTML
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%