SEM Salaries; The Real Deal on What You Should be Paid

Mar 16, 2006 • 7:56 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEM / SEO Companies

Yesterday, I covered at the SEW Blog a ClickZ article about SEM Salaries. Here is a quick summary on how much SEMs get paid based on the ClickZ article.

  • Entry-level SEM position; $30,000 to $45,000 or about $10 per hour.
  • Three to five years of experience; $50,000 to $75,000.
  • Expert-level; $75,000 to $90,000
  • Senior managers; $70,000 to $120,000
  • SEM Directors; $95,000 to $150,000
  • VP level positions; $100,000 to $200,000

Danny then broke out a thread at Search Engine Watch Forums he named SEM Salaries - What People Are Paying. The thread has real SEMs talking about what they get paid. A person who is in France with 5-years experience is earning $24,000. AussieWebmaster said that Amex was offering $95k base with bonuses up to 15% of salary and options. Joe Morin added that he knew of two companies with a job open for a VP of Search with a salary of $250K+ with the top one willing to go as high as $315K.

It seems like salaries do vary widely based on job requirements, location of job, and the place you work at.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.

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03/16/2006 05:23 pm

Thank god I don't work in france and I'm the boss.. My rent last year was $21,000 .. omg


03/16/2006 06:17 pm

21K They are better going off on their own. I would say the bottom per hour should be around $15.00 USD Heck you can earn 8 per hour at the local burger shack. (Would you like fries with that been there done that :))


03/17/2006 11:21 am

Its about £8 per hr to put parking tickets on cars in london plus you get commision...


06/15/2007 03:10 am

This is just a nit, but your first example needs to be re-written. $10 per hour is not quite $30k unless you work nearly 58 hours a week with no time off.

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