WP Engine released some interesting research into the "WordPress economy" and jobs that call for WordPress skills throughout the United States. The study utilized online listings from Indeed.com for WordPress-centric positions, and analyzed which jobs are most in demand, which areas show the most interest in WordPress skills, and which salaries are most common.
"WordPress is the most dominant content management system on the web today," the report says. "It has a diverse user base comprising personal bloggers, Fortune 500 companies, and all types of businesses in between. WordPress’s flexibility makes the platform capable of meeting almost any business’s needs. When companies rely on WordPress for their blogging and content management system needs, they’re looking for competent professionals to handle the day-to-day operations. These roles can range from theme designers and software developers to writers and system administrators."
Looking at data from Wappalyzer.com, it found that WordPress has 65% of market share for sites using a CMS.
Basically, there's WordPress and then there's everything else. It's not even close.
Here's a snapshot of the WordPress jobs scene across the country:
Here's a look at the top cities:
They also compared developer and designer jobs:
The most common salaries range from $30,000 to $49,000 a year, followed by $50,000 to $69,000. Cumulatively, the report says, salaries of more than $50,000 comprise the vast majority. The largest salary category for WordPress developer positions was $40,000 to $59,000, but $60,000 and up were the majority. WordPress designer salaries of $30,000 to $49,000 are the most common, with those of $50,000 making up the majority.
Here's what the freelance landscape looks like:
There's plenty more where all of that came from. Take a look at the full report.
If you really want to get a sense of just how huge WordPress is, check out these insane stats.
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