Front End Developer / Engineer Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, more than half of Front End Developers have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $68,618 per year. Pay begins at $42,005 on the low end and climbs to $106,940 per year near the top. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $9,719 from bonuses and close to $13,574 from profit sharing—generally runs from $42,763 to $101,949. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. Most Front End Developers are men (78 percent). Work is enjoyable for the better half of Front End Developers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Front End Developer / Engineer Salary (?
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$42,763 - $101,949
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MEDIAN: $66,665
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$15.97 - $60.87
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$42,763 - $101,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,719  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $13,574  
Total Pay (?
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$42,005 - $106,940  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 924
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$15.97 - $60.87  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $54.55  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,719  
   
Profit Sharing
$997 - $13,574  
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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$42,005 - $106,940  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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.

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Popular Skills for Front End Developer / Engineer

Front End Developers report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Node.js, Angular.js, User Interface Design, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 13 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing C# as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Design and Wordpress also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) also know HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Front End Developer / Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Front End Developers. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $62K, increasing to $77K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $90K after one to two decades. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Front End Developers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 13 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 1 percent. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Front End Developers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington also offer top salaries for Front End Developers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 13 percent, 12 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more, respectively. Place of residency plays a huge part in a Front End Developer's salary, with St. Louis Front End Developers earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Charlotte and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -27 percent and -22 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

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$69,000

Skills That Affect Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

Node.js
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$69,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 12%
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