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Working As A Senior Web Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Web Developer Career Paths

Senior Web Developer
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Director Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Lead Developer Senior Consultant
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Analyst
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Application Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Web Developer Lead Developer Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Creative Director
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Architect Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
NET Developer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Media Developer 2.7 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Web Designer 2.3 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Web Page Developer 1.6 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 3.4%
Consultant 3.3%
Programmer 2.7%
Top Employers After
Developer 4.2%
Consultant 4.2%

Senior Web Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.7%

Female

21.1%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

66.1%

Asian

20.2%

Hispanic or Latino

8.9%

Unknown

3.8%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.0%

Japanese

12.0%

Chinese

8.0%

French

8.0%

German

6.0%

Mandarin

6.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

Hindi

4.0%

Cantonese

4.0%

Polish

4.0%

Gujarati

2.0%

Marathi

2.0%

Greek

2.0%

Norwegian

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Shan

2.0%

Ukrainian

2.0%

Russian

2.0%
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Senior Web Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

New York University

6.9%

University of Florida

6.1%

University of Arizona

6.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.2%

George Mason University

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.3%

Harvard University

4.3%

University of Georgia

4.3%

University of South Florida

3.9%

University of North Texas

3.9%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.9%

More Tech Institute

3.9%

National University

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.5%

Northern Illinois University

3.5%

University of Denver

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

37.7%

Business

7.3%

Information Technology

6.5%

Computer Engineering

6.4%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Computer Applications

5.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.8%

Graphic Design

3.4%

Information Systems

3.1%

Engineering

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Communication

2.3%

Management

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.8%

Mathematics

1.6%

Fine Arts

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Education

1.3%

English

1.2%

Design And Visual Communication

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Masters

26.8%

Other

13.5%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.1%
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Real Senior Web Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Web Developer Tradingscreen Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $175,000
SR. Web Developer Move, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 11, 2016 $175,000
Senior Web Developer Tradingscreen Inc. New York, NY Mar 31, 2015 $175,000
Senior Web Developer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 15, 2016 $171,000 -
$204,800
SR. Websphere Commerce Developer Zobrist Consulting Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 08, 2016 $166,827
SR. Web Developer Itson Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 26, 2016 $150,000
Senior Web Developer Education Elements, Inc. San Carlos, CA Mar 21, 2016 $150,000
Senior Web Developer Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 18, 2016 $150,000 -
$198,000
SR. Web Developer, Ruby/Open Source Move, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 12, 2015 $150,000
Senior Web Developer Adobe Systems Incorporated New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $145,000
Senior Web Developer-Associate Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $145,000
Senior Web Developer Itson Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 28, 2016 $145,000 -
$155,000
Senior Web Developer Peopleserve, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 01, 2015 $144,880
Senior Web Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company San Jose, CA Sep 19, 2016 $107,856
SR. Web Developer Rei Systems, Inc. Sterling, VA Oct 21, 2015 $107,702
Senior Web Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company San Jose, CA Sep 19, 2016 $107,494 -
$122,494
Senior Web Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Sunnyvale, CA Jul 07, 2016 $107,494 -
$122,494
Senior Web Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company Cupertino, CA Oct 18, 2016 $107,494 -
$122,494
SR. Web Developer SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC San Mateo, CA Sep 03, 2015 $107,284
Senior Web Developer Deluxe Media, Inc. Burbank, CA Feb 05, 2015 $107,000
Web Developer Senior Group Health Plan, Inc. Bloomington, MN Sep 05, 2016 $106,954 -
$136,200
Senior Web Developer Consumerinfo.Com, An Experian Company Costa Mesa, CA Feb 15, 2016 $92,000
Senior Web Analytics Developer Essendant Management Services LLC Deerfield, IL Jul 01, 2015 $92,000 -
$130,000
SR. Webmethods Developer Spartan Solutions Inc. Bartlett, TN Jun 04, 2015 $92,000
Senior Web Developer/Dotnet Developer Sigma Group Inc. New York, NY Mar 02, 2015 $92,000
SR. Webmethods Developer Spartan Solutions Inc. Bartlett, TN Jun 09, 2015 $92,000
Senior Web Developer Headstream Inc. Southfield, MI Aug 20, 2015 $92,000
Senior Web Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company Redmond, WA Jul 11, 2016 $91,749 -
$106,749
SR. Web Developer SV It Inc. NY Aug 16, 2016 $91,600

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Top Skills for A Senior Web Developer

WebApplicationsPl/SqlJavascriptHtmlJqueryUserInterfaceDatabaseAjaxASPXMLAPISQLServerHtml5MVCWebServicesCss/Css3JsonPHPC#.NETWindows

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Top Senior Web Developer Skills

  1. Web Applications
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Javascript
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Search Engine Optimization for web applications.
  • Developed stored procedures, triggers and functions with PL/SQL for database.
  • Used advanced JavaScript features like closures and prototypes to write clean, modular code and refactor constantly.
  • Implemented leading technologies like HTML5 and design concepts.
  • Applied JQuery scripts for basic animation and end user screen customization purposes.

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