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Become A Senior Web Developer

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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.


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.


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.


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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Real Senior Web Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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 Tradingscreen Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $175,000
Senior Web Developer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 15, 2016 $171,000 -
Senior Manager, Web Development Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 30, 2015 $170,560
SR. Websphere Commerce Developer Zobrist Consulting Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 08, 2016 $166,827
Senior Manager, Web Development Lookout, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2016 $155,000
Senior Web Developer Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 18, 2016 $150,000 -
Senior Web Developer Education Elements, Inc. San Carlos, CA Mar 21, 2016 $150,000
SR. Web Developer Itson Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 26, 2016 $150,000
SR. Web Developer, Ruby/Open Source Move, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 12, 2015 $150,000
Senior Manager Web Development Life Technologies Corporation Carlsbad, CA Sep 23, 2015 $150,000 -
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 -
SR. Principal Web Developer Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 24, 2016 $109,827
Senior Web Developer Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Sep 08, 2015 $109,762 -
Senior Web Developer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 12, 2015 $109,762 -
Senior Web Developer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Mar 23, 2015 $109,762 -
SR Web Developer Galaxe.Solutions, Inc. Somerset, NJ Sep 24, 2015 $109,228
Senior Web Developer Tibco Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 26, 2015 $109,000
Senior Web Developer Vedicsoft Solutions, Inc. Iselin, NJ Jun 15, 2015 $108,805
Senior Web Developer Van Eck Associates Corporation New York, NY Aug 26, 2015 $108,763 -
Senior Web Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company Redmond, WA Jul 11, 2016 $91,749 -
SR. Web Developer SV It Inc. NY Aug 16, 2016 $91,600
Senior Web Developer Schneider Electric USA, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Oct 26, 2016 $91,541 -
Senior Web Developer Isoftstone, Inc. Kirkland, WA Jan 10, 2015 $91,482
Senior Web Developer Isoftstone, Inc. Kirkland, WA Oct 01, 2015 $91,482
SR. Websphere Commerce Developer Crossview, Inc. Berlin, NJ Jan 05, 2016 $90,500 -
SR. Web Developer Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, MA Apr 11, 2016 $90,188
SR. Web Developer Infosys Solutions, Inc. Atlanta, GA May 16, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Web Developer


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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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