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Working As A Salesforce Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Salesforce Developer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Salesforce Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Salesforce Developer Career Paths

Salesforce Developer
Developer Analyst Senior Software Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Automation Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Analyst Business Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst
Business Intelligence Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Salesforce Administrator Senior Business Analyst Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Developer Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Development Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Developer/Consultant Java Developer
Senior Android Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Developer Analyst Senior/Lead Developer Architect And Developer
Senior Application Architect
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Field Engineer Application Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Development Analyst Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Founder And Chief Executive Officer Front End Developer
Senior PHP Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Development Administrator Senior Administrator Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Salesforce Administrator Development Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Business Development Analyst Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Solutions Architect
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Senior Technical Consultant
7 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Module Lead Senior Java Developer
Senior Technical Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Web Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Salesforce Consultant Salesforce Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Salesforce Consultant Development Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Software Engineer/Technical Lead
6 Yearsyrs
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Salesforce Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.3%

Female

33.5%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

40.2%

Asian

35.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

50.0%

Vietnamese

50.0%

Salesforce Developer Education

Schools

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

27.0%

More Tech Institute

12.6%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

7.2%

Pace University - New York

4.5%

Governors State University

4.5%

Southern Arkansas University

3.6%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute-Charlotte North

2.7%

State University of New York Albany

2.7%

Texas State University

2.7%

Pennsylvania State University

2.7%

Silicon Valley University

2.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

2.7%

Lamar University

2.7%

University of Phoenix

2.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

2.7%

San Diego State University

2.7%

University of Utah

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

42.9%

Computer Engineering

10.3%

Electrical Engineering

9.8%

Information Technology

8.4%

Engineering

7.2%

Computer Applications

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Business

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Marketing

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Information Systems

1.0%

General Sales

0.8%

Education

0.8%

Mathematics

0.7%

Community Organization And Advocacy

0.6%

Accounting

0.6%

Information Sciences

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.9%

Masters

25.2%

Other

9.1%

Certificate

0.7%

Associate

0.6%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Salesforce Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Salesforce Developer Access Technology Solutions Inc. Washington, DC Jul 09, 2016 $208,000
Principal Salesforce Developer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 25, 2016 $165,000
Lead Salesforce Developer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jun 29, 2016 $165,000 -
$175,000
SR. Salesforce.com Developer Aerohive Networks Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 15, 2016 $164,382
Salesforce Developer, Merchant OS Groupon, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 13, 2015 $153,000 -
$170,000
SR. Salesforce Developer Move, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 21, 2016 $150,000
SR Salesforce Developer Move, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 20, 2016 $145,000
Salesforce Developer Ciber, Inc. Washington, DC Feb 11, 2015 $145,000
Salesforce Developer Administrator Ooyala Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 07, 2016 $145,000
Salesforce Developer Administrator Ooyala Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 11, 2016 $145,000
Salesforce Developer Docusign, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 24, 2016 $145,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Pandora Media, Inc. Oakland, CA Nov 16, 2015 $145,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 03, 2015 $145,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2015 $145,000
Senior Salesforce Developer JSMN International Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 28, 2015 $105,600
Senior Salesforce Developer Intralinks, Inc. Waltham, MA Nov 28, 2016 $105,500 -
$115,000
Senior Salesforce Developer JSSI Management Enterprises LLC Chicago, IL Feb 09, 2016 $105,102 -
$112,200
Salesforce Developer Sungevity, Inc. Oakland, CA Nov 01, 2016 $105,000
Salesforce Developer OKTA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 16, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 29, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Salesforce Developer/Analyst II Luminex Corporation Austin, TX Apr 20, 2015 $85,000
Salesforce Developer Collaborate Solutions Inc. Shrewsbury, MA Jun 04, 2015 $84,781
Salesforce.com Developer The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Sep 01, 2015 $84,600
Salesforce.com Marketing Developer The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Sep 01, 2015 $84,000
Salesforce Developer Global Data Mart, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Nov 05, 2016 $83,741
Salesforce Developer Maganti It Resources, LLC Westbrook, ME May 07, 2016 $83,480
Salesforce Developer Access Technology Solutions Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 09, 2016 $83,200
Salesforce Developer Amzur Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 25, 2016 $83,013

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Salesforce Developer

Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$54,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$122,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lennar
Highest Paying City
Daly City, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Salesforce Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Salesforce Developer in the United States is $81,804 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $54,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

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Top Skills for A Salesforce Developer

  1. Workflow Rules
  2. Approval Processes
  3. Custom Objects
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Validation and Workflow rules.
  • Developed Custom Objects, Apex Triggers, Apex Classes and Approval Processes for various functional needs in the project.
  • Worked on Data Cleansing for various standard objects and custom objects to have better and clean data in the company.
  • Developed various Apex Test Classes, batch classes, Controllers and Triggers in Visual force, Force.com and used Migration Tool.
  • Developed applications that connect using Web Services to download data from external data providers.

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