Front End Developer / Engineer Salary

For Front End Developers, yearly average wages total $67K annually. The range in cash compensation to Front End Developers ($43K to $108K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Front End Developers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Front End Developers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,013 - $102,768

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$16.67 - $62.58

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,013 - $102,768  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,068  
Profit Sharing
$318.94 - $10,186  
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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$42,596 - $107,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,960
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.67 - $62.58  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $67.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$318.94 - $10,186  
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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$42,596 - $107,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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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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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 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 9 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Wordpress, PHP, and Adobe Photoshop. Most people who know Cascading Style Sheets 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.


Front End Developers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $78K. Front End Developers see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $95K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Front End Developers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Front End Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). In Portland, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (10 percent less) and Atlanta (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

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JavaScript
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HTML5
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National Average
$69,000

Ruby on Rails
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Web Development
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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jQuery
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User Interface Design
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 276 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: 13%
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