Front End Developer / Engineer Salary
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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