Pay for Front End Developers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $68K per year. Total cash compensation to Front End Developers ranges from $42K on the lower end to $106K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. 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 Front End Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,561 - $101,609
$44K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,549
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$15.19 - $58.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,561 - $101,609  
   
Bonus
$484.65 - $10,248  
Profit Sharing
$312.31 - $10,038  
Commission
$2,750  
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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$42,046 - $105,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,868
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.19 - $58.64  
   
Overtime
$19.44 - $65.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$484.65 - $10,248  
   
Commission
$2,750  
Profit Sharing
$312.31 - $10,038  
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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$42,046 - $105,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 368

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Front End Developer / Engineer


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Front End Developers may enjoy increased earnings if they become Senior Web Developers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Senior Web Developer earn a slightly higher median of $79K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Front End Developer / Engineer


Dominating the field, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Synapse Group, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., ClearLink, and Accenture are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Front End Developers. Google, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $123K on average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Accenture, top-paying firms where Front End Developers rake in a comfortable $92K, $83K, or $80K, respectively.

Employees at Synapse Group, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Accenture can also expect below-average earnings of $65K, $76K, and $80K.

Popular Skills for Front End Developer / Engineer


Front End Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Node.js, Angular.js, JavaScript, and Web Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Wordpress, PHP, and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Cascading Style Sheets are, more often than not, 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.


Front End Developers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $77K. On average, Front End Developers make $87K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,429

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Front End Developers that is 37 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Front End Developers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Philadelphia and 5 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Front End Developer / Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Front End Developer / Engineer?

Front End Developer / Engineer in San Francisco:
"Fast paced, fun, interesting, evolving, challenging."
Pros: Learning all the different tools and how new, better ones are always showing up, easy going, friendly environment, great location.
Cons: The sadness that comes with having to scrap a certain idea or design after working on it, age difference, lack of company team building exercises.

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Key Stats for Front End Developer / Engineer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 366 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 366 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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