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Working As A Lead Web Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Processing Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $110,107

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Web Developer Do

Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.

Duties

Web developers typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs and design of a website
  • Create and test applications for a website
  • Write code for websites, using programming languages such as HTML or XML
  • Work with other team members to determine what information the site will contain
  • Work with graphics and other designers to determine the website’s layout
  • Integrate graphics, audio, and video into the website
  • Monitor website traffic

When creating a website, developers have to make their client’s vision a reality. They build particular types of websites, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming sites, to fit clients’ needs. Different types of websites may require different applications to work right. For example, a gaming site should be able to handle advanced graphics, whereas an ecommerce site needs a payment-processing application. The developer decides which applications and designs will best fit the site.

Some developers handle all aspects of a website’s construction, and others specialize in a certain aspect of it. The following are examples of types of specialized web developers:

Back-end web developers are responsible for the overall technical construction of the website. They create the basic framework of the site and ensure that it works as expected. Back-end web developers also establish procedures for allowing others to add new pages to the website and meet with management to discuss major changes to the site.

Front-end web developers are responsible for how a website looks. They create the site’s layout and integrate graphics, applications (such as a retail checkout tool), and other content. They also write web-design programs in a variety of computer languages, such as HTML or JavaScript.

Webmasters maintain websites and keep them updated. They ensure that websites operate correctly, and they test for errors such as broken links. Many webmasters respond to user comments as well.

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How To Become A Lead Web Developer

The typical education needed to become a web developer is an associate’s degree in web design or a related field. Web developers need knowledge of both programming and graphic design.

Education

Educational requirements for web developers vary with the setting they work in and the type of work they do. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. An associate’s degree in web design or related field is the most common requirement.

However, for more technical developer positions, such as back-end web developers, some employers prefer workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field.

Web developers need to have a thorough understanding of HTML programming. The most recent version, HTML5, contains new features that web developers need to understand. Many employers also want developers to understand other programming languages, such as JavaScript or SQL, as well as have some knowledge of multimedia publishing tools, such as Flash. Throughout their career, web developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Some employers prefer web developers who have both a computer degree and coursework in graphic design, especially if the developer will be heavily involved in the website’s visual appearance.

Advancement

Web developers who have a bachelor’s degree can advance to become project managers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Web developers must sit at a computer and write detailed code for long periods.

Creativity. Web developers often are involved in designing the appearance of a website and must make sure that it looks innovative and up to date.

Customer-service skills. Webmasters have to respond politely and correctly to user questions and requests.

Detail oriented. When web developers write in HTML, a minor error could cause an entire webpage to stop working.

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Lead Web Developer Career Paths

Lead Web Developer
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Search Engine Optimizer Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Digital Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Search Engine Optimizer Marketing Consultant
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Information Technology Manager Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Creative Director
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Internet Developer 2.8 years
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Media Developer 2.7 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Designer 2.3 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Lead Web Developer 2.0 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 4.3%
Consultant 3.6%
Programmer 3.0%
Internship 2.8%
Webmaster 2.6%
Top Employers After
Developer 4.3%
Consultant 3.3%
Owner 2.0%

Lead Web Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.8%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

73.2%

Asian

12.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Unknown

3.0%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.3%

Chinese

18.2%

Mandarin

18.2%

German

9.1%

Japanese

9.1%

Russian

9.1%

Korean

9.1%
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Lead Web Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.1%

Florida Atlantic University

6.1%

University of Georgia

6.1%

Johns Hopkins University

6.1%

Art Institute of Washington

5.1%

University of Iowa

5.1%

University of Connecticut

5.1%

University of Florida

5.1%

University of Central Florida

5.1%

New York University

4.0%

Brigham Young University

4.0%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

George Washington University

4.0%

Bowling Green State University

4.0%

San Francisco State University

4.0%

The Academy

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.0%

University of California - Davis

4.0%

University of Memphis

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.1%

Business

10.4%

Computer Information Systems

8.7%

Computer Engineering

7.7%

Information Technology

7.7%

Graphic Design

6.2%

Computer Applications

5.0%

Fine Arts

2.7%

Design And Visual Communication

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Music

1.3%

Entertainment Business

1.2%

Education

1.2%

English

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.0%

Masters

22.2%

Other

13.3%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.1%
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Real Lead Web Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Lead, Web Developer Logitech Inc. Newark, CA Nov 14, 2016 $155,000
Lead Mobile IOS and Web Developer Spotify USA Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 20, 2016 $144,640
Lead Web Engineer-Developer Experience Team In Heroku Salesforce.Com Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 28, 2016 $136,573
Lead C# Web Developer Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Omaha, NE May 15, 2013 $135,655
Technical Lead, Web Development CEB Inc. Arlington, VA Sep 14, 2015 $135,000
Lead Developer of Web Services Verient, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 30, 2015 $135,000
IBM Websphere Lead Prosoft Technology Group, Inc. Teaneck, NJ Mar 16, 2016 $130,000
IBM Websphere Lead Prosoft Technology Group, Inc. East Rutherford, NJ May 19, 2016 $130,000
IBM Websphere Lead Prosoft Technology Group, Inc. Teaneck, NJ May 17, 2016 $130,000
Lead Web Developer-Adobe Experience Manager Dealertrack, Inc. Lake Success, NY Feb 05, 2016 $130,000
Lead Web UI Developer Maxifier Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2013 $125,000
Lead Websphere Commerce Developer 1800Flowers.Com, Inc. Carle Place, NY Jul 22, 2016 $125,000
Web Development Lead Nvish Solutions Inc. San Mateo, CA May 10, 2013 $125,000
Software Developer, Lead Web Developer Energy Metrics, LLC New York, NY Feb 15, 2015 $110,000
Lead Developer for Web Services, Machine Learning Algorithms Bityota, Inc. Los Altos, CA Sep 08, 2015 $110,000
Lead Intranet Web Developer CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Woonsocket, RI Oct 21, 2015 $109,018
Lead Intranet Web Developer CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Woonsocket, RI Oct 06, 2014 $106,933
Lead Web Developer Discount Magazines LLC Chandler, AZ Jul 14, 2016 $106,912 -
$110,912
Web Development Developer Lead Experian Services Corporation Costa Mesa, CA Jun 12, 2015 $105,400
Lead Web Developer/Architect Citrix Systems, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Jul 18, 2016 $105,000 -
$125,000
Lead Web Developer Argo Turboserve Corporation Lyndhurst, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $103,400
Lead Web Developer Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Indianapolis, IN Nov 03, 2014 $89,544
Lead J2Ee Web Developer DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Dec 23, 2013 $88,670 -
$95,000
Lead J2Ee Web Developer DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Jan 20, 2014 $88,670 -
$90,000
Lead J2Ee Web Developer DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Dec 30, 2013 $88,670 -
$93,000
Lead J2Ee Web Developer DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Jan 27, 2014 $88,670 -
$90,000
Lead Web Developer/Architect Chequed.Com, Inc. Saratoga Springs, NY Sep 01, 2013 $88,150

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Top Skills for A Lead Web Developer

NewWebsitePl/SqlJavascriptHtml/CssPHPClassicASPDatabaseJqueryCustomWebApplicationsWebDevelopmentSQLServerWebSiteAjaxUserInterfaceAPIXMLHtml5C #WebServer

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Top Lead Web Developer Skills

  1. New Website
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Javascript
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Configured Drupal modules and created/updated themes for use with new websites.
  • Develop and maintain PL/SQL Packages, Stored procedures & Functions and created triggers to implement business rules and validations.
  • Worked on front-end development of Javascript modules and CSS styling of new site layout.
  • Develop new modules for Web applications in PHP, used Javascript programming techniques and HTML/CSS for visualizations.
  • Created a contest application written in PHP and Codeigniter launched for the 2012 London Olympics.

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