Corporations and Internet companies need webmasters to ensure the maximum performance and security of their websites. While Web developers write the code to create the sites, webmasters gather information and specifications from clients or internal managers. They also check the links when they're active, answer customers' questions by email or phone and track and manage advertising campaigns. If you want to be a webmaster, you need an associate or bachelor's degree in one of the computer fields. In return, you can earn hourly wages well above average compared to other occupations.
Wages and Qualifications
Webmasters earned average hourly wages of $39.27 as of May 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or $81,670 per year. If you were among the top 10 percent in earnings, you'd make at least $60.03 per hour. To become a webmaster, you'll likely need an associate or bachelor's degree in computer science, programming or systems analysis and at least two years' Internet and Web analysis experience. You also need a thorough understanding of HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, the programming language used on the Internet. Other essential requirements are attention to detail and customer service, communication, problem-solving, teamwork and organizational skills.
Wages by Industry
In 2012, average hourly rates for webmasters varied somewhat by industry. They earned some of the highest wages of $49.78 per hour in the bakeries and tortilla manufacturing industry, according to the BLS. You'd also make a comparatively high hourly wage in the rail transportation or household appliance manufacturing industries -- $48.59 in either. Moreover, your hourly rates would be closer to the national average for webmasters if you worked for a wireless or technical consulting firm at $42.21 or $41.64, respectively.
Wages by State
Webmasters earned the highest hourly rates of $44.78 in Virginia, based on 2011 BLS data. Your wages would also be above average working in California or Massachusetts, at $43.74 or $43.60 per hour. If you worked in Texas, your hourly earnings would be $40.16. You'd earn somewhat less in Florida, at $32.36 per hour.
The BLS includes job trend data for webmasters with information security analysts, Web developers and computer network architects. Jobs for webmasters should increase 22 percent in the next 10 years, faster than the 14-percent growth rate for all occupations. An Internet presence is becoming essential for online and traditional companies. Online purchases continue to rise each year -- and even more companies are using websites to increase their exposure to customers and clients. Both of these dynamics should increase job opportunities for you as a webmaster.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: What Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects Do
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