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Front End Developer / Engineer Salary

Median pay for Front End Developers in the United States is around $67K per year. Total cash compensation to Front End Developers approaches anywhere from $43K on the lower end to $107K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Front End Developers is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Front End Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$43,228 - $102,091
(Median)
$43K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,610
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$16.26 - $62.77
(Median)
$16
$35
$63
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,228 - $102,091  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,918  
Profit Sharing
$317.17 - $12,000  
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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$42,816 - $107,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,553
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.26 - $62.77  
   
Overtime
$16.27 - $65.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,918  
   
Profit Sharing
$317.17 - $12,000  
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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$42,816 - $107,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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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 transition into upper-level roles like Senior Web Developer, for which the average compensation is $78K per year.

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Popular Skills for Front End Developer / Engineer


Survey results imply that Front End Developers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Bootstrap, Angular.js, Node.js, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Wordpress as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. PHP and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Cascading Style Sheets also tend to know HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Front End Developer / Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $77K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Front End Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Front End Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Front End Developers in Orlando report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Portland (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

up arrow 18%


Node.js
up arrow 10%

JavaScript
up arrow 2%

User Interface Design
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Ruby on Rails
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Web Development
0%

National Average
$68,000

HTML5
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 4%

jQuery
up arrow 4%


PHP
up arrow 12%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 260 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 13%