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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

  • $86,000

    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
Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Owner Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Lead Technician Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Owner Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Account Manager Key Account Manager
Customer Development Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer Design Manager Creative Services Manager
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Manager
E-Commerce Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Manager E-Commerce Product Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer Lead User Experience Designer
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Web Architect 2.3 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
PHP Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Senior Web Developer
Developer 4.1%
Consultant 3.3%
Programmer 2.8%
Webmaster 1.5%
Top Careers After Senior Web Developer
Consultant 4.4%
Developer 4.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$86,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Health Net
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Senior Web Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Web Developer in the United States is $86,466 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $116,000.

Real Senior Web Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Web Developer Tradingscreen Inc. New York, NY Mar 31, 2015 $175,000
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 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 Itson Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 28, 2016 $145,000 -
$155,000
Senior Web Developer-Associate Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $145,000
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, 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 San Jose, CA Sep 19, 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
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 04, 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

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Javascript
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led integration of diverse Web applications into proprietary Enterprise Security Framework to enhance global security delivery.
  • Created Share Point reports and dashboards using XML, PL/SQL, share point lists and document libraries as data sources.
  • Developed Date Time Picker using Object Oriented JavaScript extensively.
  • Developed cross-browser/platform HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to match design specs for complex page layouts while adhering to code standards.
  • Coded Java Script for page functionality and Light box plugins using JQUERY.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Web Developers

  1. Colorado
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Virginia
  5. California
  6. Texas
  7. Connecticut
  8. Minnesota
  9. Washington
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Senior Web Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.4%

Female

18.7%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.5%

Asian

18.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.6%

Japanese

14.3%

German

12.7%

French

11.1%

Chinese

6.3%

Mandarin

4.8%

Portuguese

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Shan

1.6%

Norwegian

1.6%

Marathi

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Gujarati

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Kazakh

1.6%
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Senior Web Developer Education

Schools

New York University

10.5%

University of Phoenix

10.5%

University of Arizona

6.6%

More Tech Institute

6.4%

National University

5.9%

San Jose State University

4.9%

University of North Texas

4.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.3%

George Mason University

4.3%

University of Florida

4.3%

University of Georgia

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Northeastern University

4.1%

San Francisco State University

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.6%

University of California - Berkeley

3.3%

University of California - Irvine

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

37.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.1%

Business

6.8%

Information Technology

6.8%

Computer Engineering

6.6%

Computer Applications

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Information Systems

3.0%

Engineering

2.6%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Mathematics

2.3%

Management

1.6%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Fine Arts

1.4%

Finance

1.2%

Education

1.1%

English

1.1%

Project Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.2%

Masters

26.7%

Other

12.7%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.1%
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