Front End Developer / Engineer Salary

Median pay for Front End Developers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $67K per year. In the world of Front End Developers, overall income ranges from $43K near the bottom to $107K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Front End Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$43,209 - $101,952
(Median)
$43K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,934
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$16.45 - $62.10
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$16
$35
$62
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,209 - $101,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,003  
Profit Sharing
$316.19 - $12,080  
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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$42,978 - $106,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,840
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.45 - $62.10  
   
Overtime
$16.85 - $68.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,003  
   
Profit Sharing
$316.19 - $12,080  
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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$42,978 - $106,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
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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 often end up in upper-level roles like Senior Web Developer. Senior Web Developers bring home $78K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for Front End Developer / Engineer


Survey takers working as Front End Developers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Node.js, Angular.js, Bootstrap, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Wordpress, PHP, and Adobe Photoshop. For most people, competency in Cascading Style Sheets indicates knowledge of 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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. Front End Developers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $89K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $96K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Front End Developers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Front End Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Irvine (+11 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (10 percent lower) and Atlanta (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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$68,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 268 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%
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