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Working As A PHP Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A PHP 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 PHP 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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PHP Developer Career Paths

PHP Developer
Web Developer Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Front End Developer
Senior Front End Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Java Developer
Lead Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior PHP Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Java/J2ee Developer Android Developer
Senior Android Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Applications Developer Web Application Developer
Senior Web Application Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Mobile Applications Developer
Senior Mobile Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Owner Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Front End Developer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Lead Developer Software Architect
Lead Software Architect
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer NET Developer Web Design/Development
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Java Developer Lead Developer
Project Manager, Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Web Developer
Senior Web Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Developer 2.2 years
PHP Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
PHP Developer 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
PHP Programmer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before PHP Developer
Developer 13.1%
Programmer 3.3%
Consultant 2.8%
Internship 2.1%
Top Careers After PHP Developer
Developer 11.8%
Consultant 2.5%
Engineer 1.3%

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PHP Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

64.4%

Unknown

20.4%

Female

15.2%
Ethnicity

White

51.1%

Asian

20.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Japanese

9.5%

Hawaiian

4.8%

Hungarian

4.8%

Cherokee

4.8%

French

4.8%

Hebrew

4.8%

Urdu

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%
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PHP Developer Education

Schools

National University

9.0%

Brigham Young University

6.9%

University of Southern California

6.9%

Maharishi University of Management

6.2%

University of Central Florida

6.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.5%

New York University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Utah Valley University

4.8%

Full Sail University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

University of Phoenix

4.8%

Weber State University

4.8%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.1%

More Tech Institute

4.1%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

University of Utah

3.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

47.9%

Information Technology

9.2%

Computer Engineering

8.5%

Computer Applications

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Information Systems

2.8%

Business

2.6%

Mathematics

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Fine Arts

0.9%

Management

0.9%

Graphic Design

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%

English

0.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.7%

Computer Technical Support

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.5%

Masters

27.6%

Other

13.1%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

1.6%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$78,000
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$59,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
NBCUniversal
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does an PHP Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a PHP Developer in the United States is $78,620 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $103,000.

Real PHP Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
PHP Developer Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 09, 2016 $121,111
PHP Developer Mintex Tech, Inc. NJ Nov 14, 2016 $118,269
PHP Developer Pleying, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 21, 2016 $110,000
.NET/PHP Developer Medical Science & Computing, Inc. Bethesda, MD Oct 13, 2015 $107,100
PHP Developer Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Dec 15, 2015 $106,638
Lead Php/Javascript/Html5 Developer Age of Learning, Inc. Glendale, CA Sep 24, 2015 $105,000
Full Stack PHP Developer Crowdrise, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 26, 2016 $102,250
PHP Developer Mintex Tech, Inc. NJ Nov 15, 2016 $102,000
PHP Backend Developer Crowdstar, Inc. Burlingame, CA Feb 02, 2015 $100,000
PHP Developer Progrexion ASG, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Oct 19, 2015 $100,000
Full Stack Developer, PHP Move, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 28, 2015 $99,000 -
$124,000
Drupal/Php Developer Ample It Services LLC Jacksonville, FL Jun 01, 2015 $96,000
PHP Developer McKesson Corporation The Woodlands, TX Mar 22, 2016 $96,000 -
$110,000
Lead PHP/Javascript/Html 5 Developer Age of Learning, Inc. Glendale, CA Sep 15, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
PHP Developer Club Automation, LLC. Bannockburn, IL Dec 13, 2016 $85,000
PHP Developer Questback, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Feb 05, 2016 $85,000
PHP Developer North American Bancard Troy, MI Jul 31, 2015 $85,000
PHP Developer Anagh Technologies Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jul 20, 2015 $85,000
PHP Fullstack Developer Givelify LLC Indianapolis, IN Apr 15, 2016 $84,000
PHP Developer Xpand Corporation Reston, VA Jan 08, 2016 $80,237
Php/Mysql Developer Web Design and Consulting Services, Inc. Aka Ad.com Interactive Media Los Angeles, CA Apr 14, 2016 $80,000
PHP Mysql Developer Web Design and Consulting Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 13, 2016 $80,000
PHP Developer Internet Brands, Inc. El Segundo, CA Dec 15, 2015 $69,742
PHP Developer Suitepay LLC Aliso Viejo, CA Jun 15, 2015 $69,139
PHP Developer Maganti It Resources, LLC Spring, TX Aug 15, 2016 $68,871
PHP Developer Maganti It Resources, LLC Spring, TX Sep 03, 2016 $68,871
PHP Developer Adroit Associates, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 22, 2016 $67,500
PHP Developer II Transunion Risk & Alternative Data Solutions Inc. A WOS of Transunion Boca Raton, FL Mar 23, 2015 $67,392 -
$85,000
PHP Developer Squillion Systems LLC Chicago, IL Sep 10, 2015 $67,163
PHP Developer Squillion Systems LLC Eden Prairie, MN May 18, 2015 $66,560

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Top Skills for A PHP Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Html
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed new Web applications as identified by supervisor and management through packaged and customized applications.
  • Involved in the development of Stored Procedures using PL/SQL and Triggers for database updating and for data integrity.
  • Front End Development, HTML5 and HTML4 with responsive designs using CSS framework as bootstrap for grids or 960gs system grids.
  • Implemented various Validation Controls for form validation and implemented custom validation controls using Object Oriented JavaScript.
  • Involved in Photo Tagging and Video Tagging using PHP and JQUERY (JavaScript framework).

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