Webmaster Salary

Pay for Webmasters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $51K per year. Overall cash earnings for Webmasters vary widely between $28K and $77K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Webmasters who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Job satisfaction for Webmasters is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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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50%
90%

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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).
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$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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While not commonly seen, Webmasters who transition into an Information Technology Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Information Technology Directors is $102K per year. Going from Webmaster to Web Developer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $52K. Many others choose to work as Web Designer & Developers, where pay is typically $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 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 pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, e-Commerce, and Wordpress. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Web Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

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


For many Webmasters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Webmasters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,777

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

Surpassing the national average by 55 percent, Webmasters in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Webmasters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+38 percent), Washington (+28 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), and Dallas (+20 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. Workers in Seattle and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 4 percent less, 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


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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