Web Developer Salary
Compared to the national salary average for Web Developers, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Wells Fargo Bank enjoy much larger paychecks — $103K on average versus $58K annually. Soaring salaries can also be found at Kaiser Permanente, Amazon.com Inc, and Microsoft Corp, where earnings of $98K, $81K, or $73K are standard for Web Developers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Web Developer
Most of the time, web developers work in an office. Web developers build the backbone of websites. Employers often require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, informational technology, or another relevant fields. However, some companies will accept candidates with enough years of experience in lieu of bachelor's degree requirements.Read More...
They often work with web designers. Web designers are more concerned with a website’s appearance, while web developers are more concerned with the technical side of said website. They must keep their skills up to date by reading relevant professional journals, attending workshops, and taking additional college course. They may have to train or coach new or more junior web developers. They may be required to travel to clients' offices or to visit vendors.
Web Developer Tasks
- Test and document software for web sites.
- Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.
- Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
- Work with with designers and content producers.
Common Career Paths for Web Developer
Though not the most common occurrence, Web Developers sometimes become Senior Software Engineers, where the average income is $108K per year. When Web Developers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Web Developers or Software Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $23K and $22K, respectively.
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Web Developers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ASP.NET Framework, C# Programming Language, Microsoft SQL Server, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Wordpress, PHP, and MySQL. Those educated in Cascading Style Sheets tend to be well versed in HTML and PHP.
Pay by Experience Level for Web Developer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Web Developers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $64K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Web Developers make a median salary of $71K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $83K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Web Developers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Web Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+22 percent), New York (+21 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, San Diego is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.
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