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Working As A Web Application Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $64,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Web Application 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 Web Application 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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Web Application Developer Career Paths

Web Application Developer
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Application Manager
Application Services Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer Project Leader
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Engineer Architect
Chief Architect
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Web Manager Interactive Marketing Manager
Ecommerce Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Specialist
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Network Engineer
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Business Analyst Functional Consultant
Oracle Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Application Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Interactive Developer
Senior Front End Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Technical Writer Information Developer
Senior Information Technology Developer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Management Consultant Build-Release Engineer
Senior Release Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Application Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader
Technical Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Developer 2.6 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Java Web Developer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Web Application Developer
Programmer 5.5%
Consultant 4.2%
Developer 4.0%
Internship 3.3%
Webmaster 2.2%
Top Careers After Web Application Developer
Developer 6.0%
Consultant 2.9%

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Web Application Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

20.1%

Unknown

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

49.5%

Asian

24.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.0%

French

14.8%

Chinese

12.3%

Mandarin

8.6%

German

6.2%

Japanese

6.2%

Hindi

6.2%

Nepali

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Dutch

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Cheyenne

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Khmer

1.2%

Telugu

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Korean

1.2%
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Web Application Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.9%

Brigham Young University

6.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.2%

University of Houston

6.2%

Temple University

5.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

San Jose State University

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.7%

George Mason University

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Maharishi University of Management

4.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

University of Arizona

4.0%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Florida

3.6%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

39.2%

Computer Information Systems

9.4%

Computer Engineering

9.1%

Information Technology

7.9%

Business

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Information Systems

4.5%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Applications

2.5%

Mathematics

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.5%

Engineering

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Education

1.0%

Project Management

1.0%

Information Sciences

1.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.9%

English

0.9%

Management

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.0%

Masters

32.1%

Other

12.1%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Web Application Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Applications Developer Webfinance, Inc. Fairfax, VA Dec 27, 2016 $208,700
Lead Web Applications Developer Arena Solutions, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 26, 2016 $152,000
Web Applications Developer Bits & Bytes Technology Solutions Inc. Raleigh, NC Jul 24, 2015 $140,000
Web Applications Developer Bits & Bytes Technology Solutions Inc. Raleigh, NC Jul 15, 2015 $140,000
Java/Web Applications Developer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Aug 08, 2016 $135,000
Developer-Web Applications (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Jul 14, 2016 $130,666
Java Web Application Developer JP Morgan Chase & Co Jersey City, NJ Nov 16, 2016 $130,666
Web/Matlab Application Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jul 25, 2016 $128,000
Sharepoint Web Application Developer/Architect Ciber, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 10, 2016 $127,504
Developer-Web Applications I (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Jul 12, 2015 $126,422
Developer-Web Applications I (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Dec 11, 2015 $126,422
Web Applications Developer Conceptone New York, NY May 07, 2015 $126,422
Developer-Web Applications I (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Oct 23, 2015 $126,422
Applications Developer-.Net/Web TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Overland Park, KS Sep 08, 2015 $91,000 -
$101,000
Web Application Developer Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Wmata) Washington, DC Feb 02, 2016 $90,758
Web Application Developer Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) Redlands, CA Jan 10, 2016 $90,480
.NET Web Application Developer Persis Consulting Co. Chicago, IL Aug 03, 2015 $90,000
Web Applications Java Developer Interactive Brokers LLC Chicago, IL Apr 06, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Web Application Developer Thrillist Media Group, Inc. New York, NY Feb 02, 2015 $90,000
Web Services & Applications Developer Universal Electronics Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jan 08, 2016 $90,000 -
$110,000
Web Applications Developer Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Seattle, WA Feb 16, 2015 $90,000
Web Application Developer Francis David Corporation VA Sep 12, 2015 $77,219
Library Web Application Developer University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Sep 01, 2015 $77,000
Websphere Application Developer Estrada Consulting, Inc. Sacramento, CA Nov 13, 2015 $77,000
Web Application Developer Epathusa Inc. West Des Moines, IA Feb 18, 2015 $76,960
Web Applications Developer Gurufocus.com LLC Plano, TX Aug 10, 2015 $76,773
Java Web Application Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Oct 08, 2016 $76,531
Front End Web Application Developer Solomons International LLC Calabasas, CA Sep 17, 2016 $75,941
Front End Web Application Developer Solomons International LLC Calabasas, CA Dec 10, 2016 $75,941

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Web Application Developer

Average Yearly Salary
$64,000
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$46,000
Min 10%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
San Rafael, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Web Application Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Web Application Developer in the United States is $64,398 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $46,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $89,000.

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Top Skills for A Web Application Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Javascript
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  • Developed a 3- tier web application following agile development methodology.
  • Involved in writing and executing PL/SQL stored procedures and functions and triggers for Oracle to create a Database Management System.
  • Created JavaScript error handling for required form fields based on browser specific functionality.
  • Developed various HTML objects using Java and HTML and DHTML to provide the flexibility to the developers.
  • Support and manage the software applications and associated databases that provide administrative functions for the University.

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  4. District of Columbia
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  6. Washington
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