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Front End Developer / Engineer Salary

The average Front End Developer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $66K annually. Cash earnings for Front End Developers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing — stretch from around $43K to approximately $106K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. 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. Most Front End Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,166 - $101,553
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$43K
$66K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,106
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$16.11 - $60.97
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$16
$35
$61
MEDIAN: $34.00
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Salary
$43,166 - $101,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,749  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $13,000  
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$42,758 - $106,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,181
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$16.11 - $60.97  
   
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$19.97 - $55.38  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,749  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $13,000  
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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$42,758 - $106,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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 results imply that Front End Developers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Angular.js and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Wordpress, PHP, and Web Design. 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $76K. Front End Developers see a median salary of $89K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Front End Developers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Front End Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Denver (19 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Front End Developer / Engineer Salaries


User Interface Design
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JavaScript
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National Average
$68,000

Ruby on Rails
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HTML5
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Web Development
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Bootstrap
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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HTML
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Node.js
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jQuery
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Adobe Photoshop
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Web Design
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 13%