Men make up the majority of PHP Web Developers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,263 - $84,438
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$84K
MEDIAN: $54,880
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90%

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$14.01 - $48.48
(Median)
$14
$25
$48
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,263 - $84,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$34,746 - $87,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$14.01 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $66.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$34,746 - $87,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Job Description for PHP Web Developer

A PHP web developer works with that programming language to implement an organization’s web design and help establish its web presence. While some design elements may figure into a PHP web developer’s job, much of his or her work revolves around bringing the vision of a web designer or design team to reality. Additionally, the PHP web developer works with the web site’s infrastructure on all consumer functions it is expected to fulfill. The development of these consumer-related functions may be as simple as implementing contact forms or formats or as extensive as developing a full e-commerce solution for the company’s website. In that latter case, the PHP web developer must be familiar with developing secure web solutions for business and sales transactions and understand how to create an infrastructure that supports these needs.

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PHP Web Developer Tasks

  • Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.

Common Career Paths for PHP Web Developer


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As PHP Web Developers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Software Engineers earn $94K on average per year. PHP Web Developers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Web Developers or PHP Developers. The median paychecks in those roles are $24K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for PHP Web Developer


PHP Web Developers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Drupal, Asynchronous Javascript and XML Web Development, Object Oriented Programming, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Apache / Apache HTTP Server, jQuery, and Ajax. Those educated in MySQL tend to be well versed in JavaScript.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,718

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for PHP Web Developers, 37 percent above the national average. PHP Web Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent) and Los Angeles (+12 percent). PHP Web Developers in St. Louis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 34 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (9 percent lower) and Seattle (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects PHP Web Developer Salaries



National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect PHP Web Developer Salaries

Drupal
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Asynchronous Javascript and XML (Ajax) Web Development
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Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
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Linux
0%

National Average
$55,000

PHP
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Web Development
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JavaScript
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MySQL
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Apache / Apache HTTP Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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