I was in consideration for a Search Engine Marketing Manager position, but it was ultimately decided I didn't have the industry and 'big account' experience they wanted in the person they are going to stand up in front of million dollar clients and pitch their services.
The company likes me, however, evidently quite a bit, and has decided to 'create' a position for me in their IT department (as opposed to their Marketing department). Basically what they want me to do is guide their web developers through proper website/page level search engine optimization implementation at the coding level: i.e. integrate SEO into the development process with the intent of being positioned for better organic results down the road once the site launches.
The company considers this to be more of a technical position than a marketing position, though of course I will be working closly with the SE Marketing guy to compliment organic optimization with PPC campaigns.
They have yet to mention any sort of compensation for either position. They are also telling me that their aim is to 'groom me' for a second SE Marketing Manager position they anticipate needing in 6-9 months by putting me alongside the SE Manger working on some accounts. So it's sort of half technical, half marketing.
That said, and for the sake of argument, let's assume the SE Manager position pays 83K (a grab of the median for Ecommerce Site Marketing Manager off Salary.com for my area). What sort of compensation should I be looking for in the role they want me to play? Caveat this with the fact that I'm currently employed full-time as a web/database application developer making 59K a year.
Interesting to note that it was my own affiliate marketing and site building/design efforts that primarily got me the interview. You can't argue with results. I gave them a list of targeted keywords and showed them the top positions to back it up.
Anyway... I've searched, but can't seeem to find any good resources for figuring out what the technical side of SEO pays, though I can find plenty of listings for the marketing side. SEO as a 'real job' is a very new thing and it's hard to find numbers on it. I think initially people are lumping it under Marketing, even though it's a far cry different from traditional marketing enterprises. The two aren't mutually exclusive, but website/page code optimization for organic results is definitely more technical than the marketing side.