Front End Developer / Engineer Salary

Earnings for Front End Developers in the United States come in at around $67K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Front End Developers can bottom out near $43K or peak near $107K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Front End Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Front End Developers who answered the questionnnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$43,051 - $102,140
(Median)
$43K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,943
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$16.41 - $63.25
(Median)
$16
$34
$63
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,051 - $102,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,976  
Profit Sharing
$318.94 - $11,836  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,623 - $107,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,887
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.41 - $63.25  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $67.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$318.94 - $11,836  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,623 - $107,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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Job Description for Front End Developer / Engineer

A front end developer/engineer is in charge of managing complex details about projects that require analyzing design requirements, as well as recommending technical solutions to make projects scalable, maintainable, and efficient. They also debug websites to fix mistakes in the code to make sure they are error-free for network administrators and end users. A front end developer/engineer needs to handle stress well and be a great team player, as they will normally work many hours and in team settings to ensure all hardware and software works properly. Their main tools involve a personal computer, and popular software such as a word processor or notepad, programming language editors, and different browser setups to check website errors across platforms. They may work in an office with other professionals in similar positions, such as software developers or web designers, or they may work from home. They report to the organization's IT manager. Besides analyzing code and debugging applications, they also should have working knowledge of several programming languages and able to adapt to new versions of software. They also should be proficient in using Office applications, and have advanced knowledge in databases and networks. In addition, a bachelor's degree in information technology is needed to become a front end developer/engineer. Additional certifications such as the SUN, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle developer certifications can provide advantages over other applicants.


Front End Developer / Engineer Tasks

  • Document code, including commenting and reporting on features.
  • Program in multiple languages to create specified products.
  • Interpret requirements and create project plans to meet schedule and quality goals.
  • Work across teams to identify and solve problems.

Common Career Paths for Front End Developer / Engineer


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Moving into a Senior Web Developer position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $78K annually.

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Popular Skills for Front End Developer / Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Node.js, Angular.js, Bootstrap, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Wordpress, PHP, and Adobe Photoshop. It is often found that people who know Cascading Style Sheets are also skilled in HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Front End Developer / Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Front End Developers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $78K. On average, Front End Developers make $89K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $95K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Front End Developers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Front End Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Irvine (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (10 percent lower) and Atlanta (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

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JavaScript
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Ruby on Rails
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National Average
$68,000

HTML5
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Web Development
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User Interface Design
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jQuery
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%
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