Vollständige Gehaltsdaten der WordPress-Entwickler

13. November 2019
Vollständige Gehaltsdaten der WordPress-Entwickler

What is the average WordPress developer salary and are WordPress skills really important? They certainly are.

Wenn Sie eine Website besuchen: einen Blog, eine komplexe E-Commerce-Plattform oder eine Unternehmenswebsite, ist es sehr gut möglich, dass sie mit WordPress erstellt wurde. WordPress gibt es seit 2003. Dieses äußerst beliebte CMS (Content Management System) wird verwendet von 34.2% aller Websiteseinschließlich 14,7% der 100 wichtigsten Websites im Internet. Kein Wunder, dass WordPress-Entwickler ständig gefragt sind. Das Problem ist, dass es nicht immer einfach ist, die Anforderungen an ihre Fähigkeiten zu definieren.

First of all, they have to know both back-end and front-end. In addition to that, they should also be familiar with User Experience principles, design, and even SEO skills. To add to the confusion, there are people who claim they are WordPress developers despite lacking technical skills. They can install WP on a server, customize templates, add relevant plugins, edit content, maintain updates – all with little or no coding skills. In this article about WordPress developer salary, we focus on developers with strong programming skills. That said,  the average WordPress salary provided by popular services (PayScale, Glassdoor, Indeed) reflect the salary levels of both groups.

The skills behind an average WordPress developer salary

In order to hire outstanding WordPress developers, it’s crucial to understand their skill sets and the main scope of work. Specific duties depend on employers or projects, but some core tasks are common to all WP developers, including:

  • Back-end development. WordPress developers are responsible for the work that happens on the server-side, which means they control how the website works. WordPress is built in PHP so a WP developer should know this programming and scripting language.  However, having experience with Java, ASP or Perl is also a plus. WordPress developers should also have experience with MySQL database.
  • Front-ent development. Apart from the back end, WordPress developers are also responsible for the client-side part of the website and everything users interact with. They customize, edit, and write WordPress themes from scratch. The necessary skills required to do that are similar to those of front-end developers: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Creating plug-ins and themes. WordPress is a Content Management System with an enormous library of themes and plug-ins that add additional functionalities to the themes. Thanks to that, WordPress can be used by millions of people with limited or no technical skills. Developing themes and plug-ins may be the main task of a WordPress developer.
  • Conducting client training. Although WordPress is intuitive and easy to use, it requires some training to edit content and customize themes. Teaching clients how to do it can also be a factor affecting a WordPress web developer salary.

An average WordPress developer salary

As you can see, the skill set of a WP developer can be very broad but its level also varies depending on how much a developer has to write from scratch and how many additional functions they need to perform. This all has to be taken under consideration in salary negotiations.

Laut Lohnskala, an average WordPress developer salary stands at $49,606 per year.

WordPress developer salaryGlastür gives a higher average salary which is $61,083 per year.

WordPress developer salaryThe average WordPress web developer salary provided by In der Tat sits between the salaries reported by PayScale and Glassdoor. It stands at $52,623 per year.
indeed WordPress developer salary

An average junior WordPress developer salary

The salary that a junior WordPress developer earns is not much lower than the average salary as you might expect.

WordPress developer salary

Lohnskala shows that a junior WordPress developer salary stands at $41,765 per year.

Glassdoor WordPress developer salaryLaut Glastür, it’s slightly higher and stands at $48,144 per year. However, the data is based on 432 salaries which may not be representative of the entire industry in the United States.

Freelance WordPress developer salary

WordPress developer is a popular job among freelancers and digital nomads. Although the majority of web developers still work daily from the office, a growing number of companies prefer outsourcing and hiring freelance developers to cut some costs or to look for talent in a global pool. Although making all the expectations clear is crucial in every recruitment process, it’s even more important when hiring freelancers with whom you won’t share an office and possibly face some cultural differences. Don’t forget to present your company and its background, a detailed scope of work, all the important technical specifications, brand guidelines, time, and budget.

According to UpWork, which is a leading global freelancing marketplace, an average freelance WordPress developer salary stands at between $20 and $100 per hour. To compare, the average hourly rate of a web WordPress developer provided by Lohnskala is $19.58 and it’s $26.10 according to In der Tat. With these numbers in mind, hiring freelancers doesn’t sound like cutting costs. That said, the hourly rates of freelancers that often work on small projects and the hourly rates of regulars shouldn’t be compared this way.

Other skills affecting a WordPress developer salary

As you already know, a WordPress developer’s list of tasks can be broad and vary depending on the employer, industry, and project. Both front-end and back-end programming skills are fundamental, but there are other useful skills that make an impact on the salary. For example:

  • UX/UI. Familiarity with the principles of User Experience and designing user-friendly interfaces is a big asset in a WordPress developer’s portfolio.
  • Web design. Especially in startups and SMEs, it’s desirable to hire a WordPress developer with Photoshop skills and strong aesthetic judgment.
  • SEO. Although Search Engine Optimization is usually associated with marketers and copywriters, an important part of it is connected to the web and mobile optimization, how fast the website loads, how clearly it is structured, etc. These are often tasks that affect WordPress web developer salary.


Despite many professionals looking for a job as a WordPress developer, the recruitment process may be a challenge because the role is broad and may be understood differently. Setting clear expectations as well as the right screening and recruitment process are the keys to success.

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