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Webmaster Salary (United States)

Webmasters in the United States pull down an average of $50K per year. Overall compensation packages to Webmasters range from $27K on the low end to $75K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $5K and profit sharing that approaches $6K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $7K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — about a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair portion and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The majority of Webmasters (65 percent) are men. Work is enjoyable for Webmasters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Webmaster Salary (?
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$31,033 - $74,738
(Median)
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61K
75K
MEDIAN: $49,701
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Webmaster Salary (?
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$10.63 - $34.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,033 - $74,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,148  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $5,614  
Commission
$503 - $7,003  
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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$26,889 - $74,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,019
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.63 - $34.49  
   
Overtime
$16.29 - $44.71  
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.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,148  
   
Commission
$503 - $7,003  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $5,614  
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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$26,889 - $74,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 469
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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 typical salary for Information Technology Directors is $100K per year. 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.

Webmaster Job Listings

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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 , Microsoft SQL Server, and Web Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 15 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. 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 and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Pay by Experience Level for Webmaster

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Webmasters, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Webmasters make a median salary of $59K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Boston
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Atlanta
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Washington
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Dallas
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Austin
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Portland
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National Average
$47,000
Oklahoma City
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With a pay rate for Webmasters that is 54 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Webmasters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+41 percent), Atlanta (+28 percent), Washington (+25 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Oklahoma City.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect Webmaster Salaries

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 16%
Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 15%
PHP
up arrow 9%
SQL
up arrow 6%
Graphic Design
up arrow 4%
Web Development
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National Average
$47,000
HTML
up arrow 1%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 357 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 25%