Front End Developer / Engineer Salary

Earnings for Front End Developers in the United States come in at around $67K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for Front End Developers vary widely between $42K and $108K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Front End Developers who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Front End Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,849 - $102,632
(Median)
$43K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,634
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$15.31 - $62.71
(Median)
$15
$32
$63
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,849 - $102,632  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,024  
Profit Sharing
$317.41 - $10,287  
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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$41,707 - $107,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,665
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.31 - $62.71  
   
Overtime
$20.18 - $65.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,024  
   
Commission
$2,750  
Profit Sharing
$317.41 - $10,287  
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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$41,707 - $107,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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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 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 $78K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Front End Developer / Engineer


Google, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $123K.

Popular Skills for Front End Developer / Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Node.js, Angular.js, JavaScript, and Bootstrap are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Wordpress, Web Design, and PHP. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $78K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Front End Developers make a median salary of $89K. Front End Developers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $95K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,826

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Front End Developers, 41 percent higher than the national average. Front End Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+19 percent), New York (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Salt Lake City. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (12 percent lower) and Minneapolis (7 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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Bootstrap
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 375 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

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