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Working As A Web Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Web Developer Career Paths

Web Developer
Lead Developer Lead Technician Project Leader
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Web Manager Digital Marketing Specialist Digital Strategist
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Technical Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Development Consultant Web Producer Digital Project Manager
Digital Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Operations Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Web Manager Online Marketing Manager Interactive Marketing Manager
Ecommerce Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Network Engineer
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Functional Consultant Oracle Functional Consultant
Oracle Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Application Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant Architect
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Front End Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Technical Writer Information Developer
Senior Information Technology Developer
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader
Technical Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Java Web Developer 1.7 years
PHP Web Developer 1.6 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Web Developer
Developer 7.2%
Internship 7.1%
Programmer 5.5%
Webmaster 4.2%
Consultant 3.7%
Top Careers After Web Developer
Developer 7.7%
Consultant 3.9%
Programmer 2.1%

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Web Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.0%

Female

23.1%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

50.9%

Asian

21.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.8%

Chinese

10.9%

French

10.5%

Mandarin

8.5%

German

5.8%

Japanese

5.8%

Russian

4.2%

Arabic

3.9%

Italian

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Portuguese

2.6%

Korean

2.1%

Hindi

1.8%

Hebrew

1.3%

Greek

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Polish

0.7%
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Web Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.0%

George Mason University

6.3%

University of Houston

5.7%

University of Washington

5.5%

San Jose State University

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

New York University

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Brigham Young University

4.7%

University of Central Florida

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Full Sail University

3.7%

University of California - Berkeley

3.6%

George Washington University

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

35.9%

Computer Information Systems

9.0%

Information Technology

8.5%

Computer Engineering

7.1%

Business

7.0%

Computer Applications

4.4%

Graphic Design

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Information Systems

3.6%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Communication

2.1%

Engineering

1.8%

Marketing

1.6%

Fine Arts

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

English

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.1%

Masters

24.7%

Other

14.0%

Associate

7.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.0%
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Real Web Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Services Developer Princeton Information, Ltd. Reston, VA Jan 07, 2016 $181,569
Web Developer Shopkick, Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 15, 2015 $165,000
Web Developer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 07, 2016 $160,000 -
$165,000
Web Developer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Sep 02, 2015 $150,000
Web Developer Western Union LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2015 $150,000
Web & Marketing Developer Donate Olympus Corp. Miami, FL May 24, 2016 $149,365
Manager, Web Developer University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Sep 17, 2015 $145,933
Asp.Net Web Developer AIG Employee Services, Inc. Wilton, CT Jan 01, 2016 $145,000
Asp.Net Web Developer AIG Employee Services, Inc. Wilton, CT May 18, 2016 $145,000
Web Developer Google Inc. San Bruno, CA Jun 17, 2015 $142,000
Web Developer Zendesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 13, 2016 $140,000
Web Developer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Sep 20, 2015 $139,000
Web Developer Music Sales Corporation New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $138,600
Web Developer Programmer Resources International, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 27, 2016 $74,880
Web Developer Systems Technology Group, Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 25, 2016 $74,756
Web Developer Amigocloud Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $74,672
Web Developer Resource Point, LLC Fort Worth, TX Jul 15, 2015 $74,569
Web Developer WNL Wall Decals Nashville, TN Oct 30, 2015 $74,547
Web Developer Systems Technology Group, Inc. Dearborn, MI Mar 23, 2016 $74,506
Web Developer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Berkeley Heights, NJ Feb 19, 2015 $74,500
Web Developer Tata Consultancy Services Limited New York, NY Jun 10, 2015 $74,500
Mlds Center Web Developer Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Baltimore, MD Jan 07, 2015 $67,974 -
$71,350
Web Developer NTT Data, Inc. Albany, NY Apr 20, 2015 $67,974 -
$120,000
Web Developer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Elk Grove Village, IL Jan 01, 2016 $67,900
Web Developer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Hoffman Estates, IL Jan 05, 2015 $67,900
Web Developer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Itasca, IL Apr 16, 2015 $67,900
Web Developer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Elk Grove Village, IL Jan 01, 2015 $67,900

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Web Developer

Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Everett, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Web Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Web Developer in the United States is $65,251 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $92,000.

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Top Skills for A Web Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Html
  3. Css
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Gathered requirements and designed web application used to manage funds for investigation.
  • Coded JavaScript to increase functionality of HTML
  • Designed and developed intranet web applications using JavaScript and CSS.
  • Implemented various Validation Controls for form validation and implemented custom validation controls with JavaScript validation controls.
  • Developed the Code changes in PL/SQL procedures and functions to run reports in the Custom reporting tool according to customer requirements.

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