Front End Developer / Engineer Salary

Earnings for Front End Developers in the United States come in at around $67K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Front End Developers varies from $42K to $108K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Front End Developers who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Front End Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$42,849 - $102,632
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$43K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,634
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$15.31 - $62.71
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$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 (?
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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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Moving into a Senior Web Developer position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $78K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Front End Developer / Engineer


Front End Developers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Google, Inc., where the average salary comes to $123K.

Popular Skills for Front End Developer / Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Node.js, Angular.js, JavaScript, and Bootstrap are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Wordpress, Web Design, and PHP. Most people skilled in Cascading Style Sheets are similarly competent 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 a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $62K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $78K. Front End Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $89K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $95K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,826

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Front End Developers, 41 percent above the national average. Front End Developers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+19 percent), New York (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Salt Lake City, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Portland and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Front End Developer / Engineer Reviews

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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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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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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