Webmasters need skills in many disciplines, including computer applications, media, customer service and advertising. These professionals build and maintain websites that fulfill the requirements of their employers and meet users' needs. Webmaster jobs typically require an associate or bachelor's degree in web design, computer science or a related field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics groups webmasters under the broader job category of web developers. The average yearly pay for this position was $67,540 as 2013.
Average Webmaster Salary and Range
The BLS reports that the lowest-earning 10 percent of web developers made $33,320 a year or less as of 2013, while the top 10 percent earned $110,350 a year or more. The average hourly wage was $32.47. Most webmasters have full-time jobs.
Webmaster Industry Pay
The largest employers of web developers in 2013 were computer systems design companies, which had 26,350 such jobs at an average annual pay of $69,680, according to the BLS. The industry with the highest pay was software publishing, where web developers averaged $85,210 per year in 2013.
Web developers in the District of Columbia averaged $83,960 per year in 2013, higher than any state, according to the BLS. The top-paying states were Washington at an average salary of $81,490 per year, and Maryland at an average of $81,350. California's greater San Jose region led the metropolitan areas for pay, reporting an average of $100,780 annually for this job.
2016 Salary Information for Web Developers
Web developers earned a median annual salary of $66,130 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, web developers earned a 25th percentile salary of $47,580, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $91,600, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 162,900 people were employed in the U.S. as web developers.