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Working As A Senior PHP Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Average Length of Employment
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Android Developer 1.8 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
PHP Programmer 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 4.4%
Programmer 1.3%
Top Employers After
Developer 4.8%
Blender 1.8%

Senior PHP Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.8%

Female

14.1%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

55.7%

Asian

24.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.0%

Unknown

7.9%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Russian

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%

Japanese

20.0%

Hawaiian

20.0%

Ukrainian

20.0%
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Senior PHP Developer Education

Schools

Kaplan University

7.4%

Maharishi University of Management

7.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.4%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

7.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.4%

University of Georgia

7.4%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

7.4%

El Paso Community College

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Rice University

3.7%

University of Florida

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Florida National University

3.7%

Saint John's Seminary

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

3.7%

Platt College-Riverside

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%

Eastern Michigan University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

47.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Information Technology

7.4%

Computer Applications

5.8%

Business

5.0%

Computer Engineering

5.0%

Engineering

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Psychology

2.5%

Management

1.7%

Science, Technology, And Society

0.8%

Information Sciences

0.8%

Microbiology

0.8%

Management Science

0.8%

Music

0.8%

Political Science

0.8%

Management Information Systems

0.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.8%

Anthropology

0.8%

Computer Technical Support

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.3%

Masters

26.6%

Other

15.6%

Associate

2.3%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

1.6%
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Real Senior PHP Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior PHP Developer DEV.XYZ LLC Santa Monica, CA May 15, 2016 $130,000
Senior PHP Developer Kixeye, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 10, 2012 $130,000
Senior PHP Developer Athletes' Performance Inc. Belmont, CA Jun 15, 2014 $125,014
Senior PHP Developer Athletes' Performance Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 10, 2013 $125,000
Senior PHP Developer Athletes' Performance Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 30, 2013 $125,000
Senior PHP Developer Athletes' Performance Inc. Phoenix, AZ Aug 30, 2013 $125,000
Senior Php/Joomla Developer Publishers Clearing House, LLC Port Washington, NY Jun 10, 2013 $121,000
Senior Php/Joomla Developer Publishers Clearing House, LLC Port Washington, NY Jun 24, 2013 $121,000
Senior PHP/Joomia Developer Publushers Clearing House, LLC Port Washington, NY Aug 13, 2012 $121,000
Senior Php/Joomla Developer Publishers Clearing House, LLC Port Washington, NY Sep 14, 2015 $117,000
Senior PHP Developer Gazillion, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 12, 2013 $115,000
Senior PHP Developer Cyber2Media, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Oct 20, 2014 $114,837 -
$130,000
Senior PHP Developer Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Feb 12, 2015 $112,674
Senior PHP Developer Demand Media, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 23, 2012 $112,340
Senior PHP Developer Guidance Solutions, Inc. Marina del Rey, CA Jan 19, 2015 $110,000
Senior PHP Developer Creative Channel Services LLC Marina del Rey, CA Apr 15, 2014 $110,000
Senior PHP Developer Blue Moon Software Inc. Austin, TX Nov 14, 2016 $110,000
Senior PHP Developer Demand Media, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 02, 2011 $110,000
Senior PHP Developer Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Mar 19, 2016 $109,226
Senior PHP Developer (Computer Engineer) Video Plus, Inc. Lake Dallas, TX Jan 02, 2013 $95,000
Senior PHP Developer Softgate Systems, Inc. Fairfield, NJ May 19, 2014 $95,000
Senior PHP Developer Currency Exchange International America Corp Orlando, FL Apr 02, 2016 $93,000
Senior PHP Developer The Wellspring Group, Inc. New York, NY Oct 25, 2016 $90,813
Senior PHP Developer The Wellspring Group, Inc. New York, NY Mar 10, 2016 $90,000
Senior PHP Developer Beachmint, Inc. Santa Monica, CA May 09, 2011 $90,000
Senior PHP Developer Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 10, 2010 $90,000
Senior PHP Developer (Computer Engineer) VPI Holding Co. Lake Dallas, TX Sep 05, 2014 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Senior PHP Developer

SQLHtmlWebServicesJavascriptDifferentJqueryPluginsCSSBuildAjaxRestAPIDatabaseDesignFront-EndLampCustomModulesZendFrameworkUserInterfaceXMLLinuxMVCWebApplicationHtml5Json

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Top Senior PHP Developer Skills

  1. SQL
  2. Html
  3. Web Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed MySQL workbench Client to access MySQL Server.
  • Cleaned up and rewrote front end using HTML, JavaScript and CSS to meet validation requirements.
  • Created web services that allowed mobile apps to interface with the company's proprietary facial image analysis software.
  • Used JavaScript to make interactive site.
  • Developed presentation layer using HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, AJAX etc.

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