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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

  • $93,000

    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
Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Owner Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner Owner And Founder Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Owner/Manager Internet Sales Manager
E-Commerce Director
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Web Designer Lead Graphic Designer Lead User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Digital Marketing Manager Content Strategist
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Development Manager Senior Manager Of Marketing Director, Online Marketing
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Web Site Developer 2.6 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Architect 2.3 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
PHP Web Developer 2.0 years
Lead Web Developer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Lead Web Developer
Developer 4.9%
Consultant 3.2%
Programmer 3.2%
Internship 2.6%
Webmaster 2.2%
Top Careers After Lead Web Developer
Developer 4.9%
Consultant 2.9%
Owner 2.5%

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Lead Web Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.0%

Female

17.1%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

13.5%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.9%

Chinese

15.6%

French

12.5%

Mandarin

12.5%

German

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Dutch

3.1%

Hungarian

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Urdu

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Russian

3.1%
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Lead Web Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.0%

University of Washington

7.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

University of Central Florida

5.7%

University of California - Berkeley

5.3%

New York University

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.8%

The Academy

4.8%

Florida Atlantic University

4.8%

University of Florida

4.8%

Johns Hopkins University

4.8%

Brigham Young University

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.3%

University of California - San Diego

4.3%

University of Southern California

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

George Washington University

3.3%

University of Iowa

3.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.4%

Business

9.0%

Computer Information Systems

8.7%

Computer Engineering

8.1%

Information Technology

7.2%

Graphic Design

5.3%

Computer Applications

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Information Systems

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Marketing

2.1%

Management

1.7%

English

1.7%

Design And Visual Communication

1.5%

Project Management

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.5%

Masters

22.4%

Other

13.4%

Associate

7.3%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.0%
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Part Time
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Average Yearly Salary
$93,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Santa Cruz, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Lead Web Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Web Developer in the United States is $93,418 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

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. East Rutherford, NJ May 19, 2016 $130,000
Lead Web Developer-Adobe Experience Manager Dealertrack, Inc. Lake Success, NY Feb 05, 2016 $130,000
IBM Websphere Lead Prosoft Technology Group, Inc. Teaneck, NJ Mar 16, 2016 $130,000
IBM Websphere Lead Prosoft Technology Group, Inc. Teaneck, NJ May 17, 2016 $130,000
Lead Web Development Engineer Nutanix, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 23, 2016 $125,000 -
$145,000
Lead Websphere Commerce Developer 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. Carle Place, NY Mar 31, 2015 $125,000
Lead Websphere Commerce Developer 1800Flowers.com, Inc. Carle Place, NY Jul 22, 2016 $125,000
Lead Developer for Web Services, Machine Learning Algorithms Bityota, Inc. Los Altos, CA Sep 08, 2015 $110,000
Software Developer, Lead Web Developer Energy Metrics, LLC New York, NY Feb 15, 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

  1. Web Application
  2. SQL
  3. Javascript
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  • Implemented localization to existing and new web applications.
  • Led and implemented the migration of SharePoint 2010 Foundation migration with MS SQL Server 2008 R2 Database on Windows 2008 Server.
  • Implemented client side validation using JavaScript and server side validation using validation framework.
  • Developed / Designed 2 websites using custom HTML, PHP and CSS MySQL database development Designed flexible templates for each web property
  • Developed CSS styles to maintain the uniformity of all the screens throughout the application and positioning of screen objects.

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