I'm currently working as a Webmaster in an art company. I make around £25,000 a year.
In this job, I'm the only one who's IT/Programming literate. I fix all IT issues, manage their website, fix bugs, etc. There's not much pressure, I get my own office and the directors are incredibly nice to me. I've also pushed to get £30,000, which I might've gotten in my next appraisal.
The biggest con in this job are projects. There are none - only very small things like updating content, fixing a bug here and there and there's barely room to implement new things (I've re-designed our CMS and made it much more functional, but the office staff doesn't like change so I've dropped it). We're supposed to re-build our website in Magento but that was pushed to November and may be pushed again.
As for myself, I'm a self-taught web-developer and this is my second year in the industry. I'm 26 and was previously in the hospitality industry. I've studied on the side whilst working in restaurants in hotels and have worked almost everyday on my first year as a web developer in a start-up digital agency.
Based on other's people milleage and today's industry, does it pay off staying in a well-paid job with minimal space to improve (self-study) or to be surrounded by well-educated peers?