Web Developer Salary

Web Developers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $55K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Web Developers can bottom out near $33K or peak near $85K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though career length and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Web Developers is high. While some workers in this profession — close to one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The vast majority of Web Developers (82 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$36,346 - $81,798
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$36K
$55K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,092
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$11.98 - $46.64
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,346 - $81,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,930  
Profit Sharing
$403.37 - $7,773  
Commission
$862 - $7,500  
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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$33,239 - $84,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 7,990
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $46.64  
   
Overtime
$16.45 - $49.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,930  
   
Commission
$862 - $7,500  
Profit Sharing
$403.37 - $7,773  
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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$33,239 - $84,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,937
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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.

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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 Web Developer


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Web Developers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Software Development Manager. The latter position pays an average of $113K annually. With an annual salary of $78K, Senior Web Developer is the most common role for Web Developers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Web Designer & Developer role — which usually pays $45K — is also typical for Web Developers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Web Developer


Wells Fargo Bank attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $103K.

Popular Skills for Web Developer


Web Developers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C#, Microsoft SQL Server, ASP.NET, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Wordpress, e-Commerce, and PHP. Most people experienced in HTML also know Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Pay by Experience Level for Web Developer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Web Developers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. On average, Web Developers make $71K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Web Developers, 45 percent above the national average. Web Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

Web Developer Reviews

What is it like working as a Web Developer?

Web Developer in St. Louis:
"Solid work experience."
Pros: Solid work experience with great people! Different projects for many different clients.
Cons: Clients can be resistant to change.

Web Developer in Miami:
"Low stress if you like constantly learning."
Pros: This job constantly is evolving and changing as new languages come out. There are so many opportunities from learning even just one language. It's really fun to solve problems for clients and create what they're looking for.
Cons: You have to constantly stay on top of evolving languages and practices. It's easy to fall behind.

Web Developer in Redford:
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Pros: You don't do the same thing over and over again, laid back environment, and I am able to be on the computer all day.
Cons: I'm on the computer all day.

Web Developer in Scottsdale:
"The Best Thing I Ever Did."
Pros: Flexible Schedule, Range from Creating graphics to programming to analyzing data, so awesome.
Cons: All alone. I am the only person in my department so everything published or done is 100% on me.

Web Developer in Seattle:
"No One Knows What You Do."
Pros: You will sometimes get a God complex because most people look at code and get terrified and see a foreign language. The best part is you will always be learning something new, the languages evolve, new more efficient languages come out every day, and the best part is you get to solve creative puzzles everyday.
Cons: No one knows what you do so sometimes that can be great, they will think you're worth every penny, or they will think you're lazy and don't ever produce any tangible work. Also they can tend to think your a tool to be used to do whatever they want instead of taking your professional advice on best practices.

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Experience Affects Web Developer Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Web Developer Salaries

C#
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JavaScript
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HTML5
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jQuery
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SQL
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National Average
$54,000

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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1785 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 21%
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