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Front End Developer / Engineer Salary

Front End Developers in the United States can expect wages of $67K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Front End Developers runs from $43K to $107K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Male Front End Developers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Front End Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,115 - $102,232
(Median)
$43K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,116
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$16.30 - $63.84
(Median)
$16
$35
$64
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,115 - $102,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,997  
Profit Sharing
$318.08 - $11,920  
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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$42,887 - $107,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.30 - $63.84  
   
Overtime
$16.39 - $65.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,997  
   
Profit Sharing
$318.08 - $11,920  
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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$42,887 - $107,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181

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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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Front End Developers often end up in upper-level roles like Senior Web Developer. Senior Web Developers bring home $78K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for Front End Developer / Engineer


Front End Developers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Angular.js, Bootstrap, Node.js, and Ruby on Rails are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Wordpress as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. PHP and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Cascading Style Sheets tend to be well versed in HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Front End Developer / Engineer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $77K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $97K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Front End Developers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Front End Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Front End Developers in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis and Portland (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries


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User Interface Design
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Ruby on Rails
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JavaScript
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Web Development
0%

National Average
$69,000

HTML5
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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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 259 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
32%
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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