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4:17 pm on Apr 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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1. Webmaster ($49,200)

2. Senior database administrator ($93,300)

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Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of detail here. And, at $49K, the growth rate in webmaster salaries may be strong, but it's far from the most lucrative niche in IT.

The other obvious issue is that averages can be totally misleading. A webmaster could manage a single small site, a huge distributed enterprise web presence, or hundreds of unrelated sites.

Perhaps the interesting conclusion one can draw from this is that more companies are recognizing the need to devote internal resources (or at least more resources) to their web presence. A firm that in the past might have used an ad agency for occasional site changes may now need a full-time webmaster to handle frequent updates, ensure continuous operation, and handle community features that need monitoring and management.

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>"In my state (a relatively impoverished Southern one), starting pay for a webmaster working 40 hours a week is about $20,000-$25,000 a year."

Wow, that's just a little over $10 per hour which is about the going rate in India - you sure about that? Hell, minimum wage for dishwashing is up to $7.50 now isn't it?

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"In my state (a relatively impoverished Southern one), starting pay for a webmaster working 40 hours a week is about $20,000-$25,000 a year."

Wow, that's just a little over $10 per hour which is about the going rate in India - you sure about that? Hell, minimum wage for dishwashing is up to $7.50 now isn't it?


Its an accurate assessment. When I first worked for a firm, they offered me 22k, but I asked for a significant signing bonus and got it. The guys that I worked with were making under 28k and they had all been at that firm for years. After a few months of realizing that the sites I was designing were being sold for 3k-15k a pop (the firm was doing 30k-60k just in sites and maintenance monthly), I left and started my own business.

Again, its an impoverished state, the median income in some parts of my city were as low as 12k-15k a year. So a lot of designers do get #*$!ed, but it beats flipping burgers. The only upside to is that you can solicit clients nationally, but it costs next to nothing to rent office space or live here.

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So a lot of designers do get #*$!ed, but it beats flipping burgers.

The key would be for the recently-trained (or self-trained) webmaster to use their period of in-house employment as a "guild apprenticeship" after which they leave to set up on their own as a "free guildsman" and reap the far more substantial rewards.

There are few jobs where you can ever get paid more for a given set of skills than you can if you are self-employed but you can at least use the 9-5 work environment as a practice environment before you go solo.

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The term webmaster is misleading. Usually what a company is looking for is a jack-of-all-trades (master of none). They want someone creative who does photoshop/flash and who can also do web programming/database work. People like this simply don't exist, it's a left brain, right brain thing. So what they usually get is a front-page or dreamweaver jockey that's not particularly good at designing or programming.
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People like this simply don't exist, it's a left brain, right brain thing.

Oh yes they do exist! And those are the people that are charging a premium for their services. Would you rather pay someone $200k per year or three people $100k per year?

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Oh yes they do exist! And those are the people that are charging a premium for their services.

I agree these people may exist, but I have to believe they are an extreme minority of people. I have been in this trade for almost 10 years and during that time I have met only one or two people that were skilled in all of those abilities equally.

I think the majority of individuals *can* do a little of each, but clearly gravitate to one area or another and are just average or below average in other areas.

I don't want to discount what you are saying completely, because I am sure there are people that are awesome in many of these and possibly even near equal in all, and maybe such individuals can command the salaries you are referring to but the question should be is that the norm, I doubt it. While I don't really care for the right brain/left brain theory I think many of these skills are not similar enough for someone to be equally gifted at all of them at the same time.

Therefore, to tie this back to the first post in this thread, since we have what I believe is a small minority of people that can do this I think that most of the ads written to hire "webmasters" and salary ranges quoted are written by people that have a huge wish list, but are unlikely to find the individual that fits all of them and even if they do certainly not at the salary ranges quoted early in the thread.

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I agree these people may exist, but I have to believe they are an extreme minority of people. I have been in this trade for almost 10 years and during that time I have met only one or two people that were skilled in all of those abilities equally.

Oh, I've met quite a few. Although you say equally which I don't think would be the case. These are people that have a basic understanding of each of the major disciplines that fall under the SEO/SEM umbrellas. They know enough to speak the lingo and understand what is being discussed when the topic is brought up. If they can't do it themselves, they have a pool of people that they can access for assistance.

Of course all of the above takes time. If a company is searching for the above type individual, which many are, they can expect to pay a "premium salary" plus benefits, plus performance bonuses, plus this, plus that...

I think that most of the ads written to hire "webmasters" and salary ranges quoted are written by people that have a huge wish list, but are unlikely to find the individual that fits all of them and even if they do certainly not at the salary ranges quoted early in the thread.

You are correct, they do have huge wish lists. I received a job posting one day that read like they were looking to hire one of Google's algo engineers. I mean, the list of requirements, skills and experience was so far out there, that I had them rewrite the posting to reflect reality and told them that they should not advertise their starting salary as it was somewhat embarassing. A smack in the face for an SEO. :(

The high paying salaries are out there. Those with the experience, knowledge and salesmanship will be the ones to secure those jobs. But...

I'm still a firm believer that most companies would do better hiring an outside consultant to manage their campaigns for them. Let the consultant do the legwork, you know, people like you and I. That's what we get paid to do. ;)

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A person that is a talented programmer and at the same time a talented graphic designer would be quite a rare human being. A person that can BS people and outsource work is very common, as illustrated in the previous post.
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A person that can BS people and outsource work is very common, as illustrated in the previous post.

I'd have to question why you would classify that as "BS'ing people"?

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still the term webmaster is not defined in these discussions

I design the site,maintain the websites and the databases,
but i hv been designated as programmer

webmaster might be a ideal word 4 one man depts

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