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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

  • $105,982

    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
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Functional Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Development Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Adjunct Instructor Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Development Director Marketing Consultant Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Consultant Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Data Architect Information Architect
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Business Developer Internet Sales Manager
E-Commerce Director
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Engineering Specialist Online Marketing Manager
Ecommerce Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Development Director Producer Freelance Producer
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Web Designer Creative Director
Interactive Director
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Development Manager Marketing Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Applications Developer Sharepoint Developer
Platform Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Solutions Architect Information Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Property Manager Communications Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Architect 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Lead Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
PHP Web Developer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 5.0%
Consultant 3.2%
Programmer 3.0%
Webmaster 2.6%
Top Employers After
Developer 5.2%
Consultant 3.6%
Webmaster 2.4%
Owner 2.3%

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Lead Web Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.0%

Female

18.5%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Asian

14.5%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.4%

Chinese

14.3%

French

14.3%

Mandarin

10.7%

German

7.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Hungarian

3.6%

Dutch

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Urdu

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Korean

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Russian

3.6%
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Lead Web Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

University of California - Berkeley

5.6%

Florida Atlantic University

5.6%

University of Central Florida

5.6%

Brigham Young University

4.8%

George Washington University

4.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

University of Florida

4.8%

The Academy

4.8%

University of Georgia

4.8%

Johns Hopkins University

4.8%

New York University

4.0%

Bowling Green State University

4.0%

Art Institute of Washington

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

University of Iowa

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

University of California - Davis

4.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.0%

University of Arizona

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.7%

Business

10.2%

Computer Engineering

7.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.7%

Information Technology

7.4%

Graphic Design

5.7%

Computer Applications

4.8%

Communication

2.9%

Information Systems

2.9%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Design And Visual Communication

2.0%

English

1.7%

Political Science

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.8%

Masters

23.5%

Other

13.7%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.5%

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

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  1. Web
  2. Company Website
  3. SQL
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  • Experienced in the use of Google Webmaster Tools to ensure the clients' websites are properly seen at a technical level.
  • Designed and maintained company website.
  • Developed / Designed 2 websites using custom HTML, PHP and CSS MySQL database development Designed flexible templates for each web property
  • Utilized MVC design patterns and object-oriented programming in PHP and JavaScript to ensure the simplest maintenance and management of projects.
  • Created a Web-enabled project task tracking system using ColdFusion 5.0, Java Script, CSS and MS SQL Server.

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Top 10 Best States for Lead Web Developers

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  2. District of Columbia
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  4. New Jersey
  5. Washington
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  8. Connecticut
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