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Working As A Senior Web Designer

  • 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 Web Designer 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 Web Designer

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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Senior Web Designer Career Paths

Senior Web Designer
Front End Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Writer And Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Art Director Design Manager Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Interactive Designer Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Digital Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Search Engine Optimizer Social Media Manager
Digital Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Art Director Creative Manager Creative Director
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Project Coordinator Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Interactive Developer Senior Web Developer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Web Site Designer 3.3 years
Lead Designer 3.3 years
Web Site Manager 2.9 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Media Designer 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Web Specialist 2.4 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Interface Designer 2.4 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Designer 2.3 years
Visual Designer 2.2 years
Web Producer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Web Designer 18.5%
Art Director 10.1%
Designer 3.9%
Top Employers After
Owner 2.6%

Senior Web Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.4%

Female

36.3%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

73.9%

Asian

13.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.3%

French

13.2%

Chinese

11.3%

Mandarin

11.3%

Russian

5.7%

Arabic

5.7%

Italian

5.7%

Japanese

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Korean

3.8%

Portuguese

1.9%

Greek

1.9%

German

1.9%

Dutch

1.9%
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Senior Web Designer Education

Schools

San Francisco State University

9.2%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.2%

School of Visual Arts

8.6%

Academy of Art University

5.9%

Columbia College Chicago

5.9%

New York University

5.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.3%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.9%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.9%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of the Arts

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

DePaul University

3.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%
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Majors

Graphic Design

37.6%

Fine Arts

11.4%

Design And Visual Communication

8.7%

Computer Applications

7.2%

Business

5.2%

Computer Science

4.5%

Communication

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Information Technology

2.1%

Photography

1.7%

Animation

1.7%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.6%

Graphic Communications

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Digital Media

1.5%

Advertising

1.3%

English

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Architecture

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.8%

Other

17.6%

Masters

15.0%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Web Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Visual Designer Real Cadre Company, Inc. New York, NY Jun 09, 2015 $150,000
Senior Visual Designer/Human Factors Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 02, 2012 $145,000
Senior Visual Designer A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 27, 2015 $145,000 -
$185,000
Senior Visual Designer/Human Factors Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 17, 2012 $145,000
Senior Visual Designer Microsoft Corporation Seattle, WA Sep 18, 2013 $140,000
Senior Web Designer The Corporate Executive Board Company Arlington, VA Feb 15, 2014 $121,000
Senior Web Designer I Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 20, 2015 $115,902
Senior Visual Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2010 $115,000
Senior Web Designer I Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 12, 2014 $112,800
Senior Web Designer MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2012 $105,000
Senior Web Designer Nextag, Inc. San Mateo, CA Nov 02, 2011 $102,600
Senior Web Designer I Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2012 $100,637
SR Visual Designer Zillow, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 30, 2013 $100,000
SR. Visual Interaction Designer IDEO LP San Francisco, CA Jun 23, 2016 $100,000 -
$120,000
Senior Web Designer Visa U.S.A. Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 07, 2013 $92,789 -
$110,500
Senior Web Designer (UI Designer) Randstad Technologies, LP Johns Creek, GA Apr 15, 2013 $90,000
SR. Web Designer Visa U.S.A. Inc. Foster City, CA Oct 01, 2012 $88,712 -
$110,500
Senior Visualizer CWC Travel, Inc. Issaquah, WA Aug 02, 2013 $87,942
Website Designer Senior Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Baltimore, MD Oct 02, 2010 $86,790
Senior Visual Designer EPAM Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 23, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
Senior Web Designer/Web Architect Wellness Center of Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL Jun 06, 2016 $72,000
SR. Visual Designer Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 21, 2013 $71,906 -
$91,906
Senior Web Designer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 22, 2015 $71,510
Senior Visualizer Bluestar Infotech America, Inc. Issaquah, WA Oct 01, 2011 $70,500
Senior Web Designer/Web Architect JD Consultants LLC Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 01, 2011 $70,000
Senior Visual Designer Trueparallel, Inc. Raleigh, NC Feb 04, 2013 $70,000
Senior Web Designer, Team Lead Trialpay, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 29, 2011 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Web Designer

CorporateWebsiteOnlineHtml/CssAdobePhotoshopUserInterfaceEmailCampaignsInteractionDesignWebSiteWebsiteDesignArtDirectionJavascriptDesignConceptsUsabilityAdobeIllustratorDreamweaverVideoInformationArchitectureUserExperienceGraphicDesignIntranet

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Top Senior Web Designer Skills

  1. Corporate Website
  2. Online
  3. Html/Css
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed, implemented and maintained corporate website.
  • Execute revisions and change requests to existing web pages and online sites.
  • Crafted HTML/CSS architecture for development.
  • Created graphic designs supporting communications and marketing teams supporting global initiatives leveraging Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and other tools.
  • Presented comps and storyboards; translated client feedback into visual user interfaces and design improvements.

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