Front End Developer / Engineer Salary (United States)

A little more than half of Front End Developers are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $68,618 annually. Compensation ranges from $42,005 on the low end to $106,940 per year on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Making up 78 percent of the field, male Front End Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Front End Developers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Front End Developer / Engineer Salary (?
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$42,763 - $101,949
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MEDIAN: $66,665
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Front End Developer / Engineer Salary (?
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$15.97 - $60.87
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$42,763 - $101,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,719  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $13,574  
Total Pay (?
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$42,005 - $106,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 924
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.97 - $60.87  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $54.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,719  
   
Profit Sharing
$997 - $13,574  
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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$42,005 - $106,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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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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, User Interface Design, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 13 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing C# as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Design and Wordpress also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) tend to be well-versed 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 generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $62K, increasing to $77K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $90K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Front End Developers earning an average of $100K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 13 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 1 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a solid majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Front End Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington also offer top salaries for Front End Developers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 13 percent, 12 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more, respectively. Front End Developers in St. Louis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—27 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (-27 percent) and Minneapolis (-22 percent).

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Experience Affects Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

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$69,000

Skills That Affect Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

Node.js
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Angular.js
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User Interface Design
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JavaScript
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HTML5
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$69,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 12%