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Working As A Web Software Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Web Software Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Web Software Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Web Software Engineer Career Paths

Web Software Engineer
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Front End Developer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Web Sphere Administrator Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Design, Development User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Designer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Web Architect 2.3 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Web Software Engineer
Engineer 4.9%
Programmer 4.0%
Developer 3.3%
Consultant 3.3%
Internship 2.5%
Top Careers After Web Software Engineer
Engineer 6.7%
Developer 3.3%
Consultant 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$67,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Groupon
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Utah
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Web Software Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Web Software Engineer in the United States is $89,664 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Web Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Engineer Web Infrastructure Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 28, 2016 $180,000
Web Developer/Software Engineer Strength Sensei Monument, CO Nov 16, 2015 $157,047
Senior Web Software Engineer Flipboard, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 12, 2015 $155,000
Web Engineer Cloudflare, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2016 $150,000
Mobile Web Engineer Western Union LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 11, 2016 $145,000
SR. Java & Web Software Engineer GLU Mobile Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 05, 2016 $140,280
Web Engineer Eventbrite, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 14, 2015 $140,000
Web Engineer Zendesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2016 $140,000
Web Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 23, 2016 $138,362
Full Stack Web Engineer Roblox Corporation San Mateo, CA May 08, 2016 $135,000
Mobile Web Engineer (Software Engineer 2) EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 03, 2015 $134,478
Web Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 07, 2015 $131,269
Web Engineer Palantir Technologies Palo Alto, CA Mar 12, 2015 $131,269
Software Engineer, Front End Web Fiftythree, Inc. New York, NY Feb 08, 2016 $130,666
Software Engineer-Web Application & MTA Clustering Port25 Solutions, Inc. Columbia, MD May 20, 2016 $103,446
Web Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 09, 2016 $102,500
Web Engineer 1 Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 09, 2016 $102,000
Web Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 09, 2016 $101,000
Fullstack Web Engineer Bitrock Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $100,000
Web J2Ee Engineer Blue Shield of California El Dorado Hills, CA Jul 11, 2016 $92,900
Web Engineer I Shutterfly, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 01, 2015 $92,000
Web Engineer I Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2015 $92,000
Web Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2015 $92,000
Web Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 01, 2015 $92,000

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Top Skills for A Web Software Engineer

  1. SQL
  2. Web Application
  3. Data Source
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  • Utilized Hibernate for Object/Relational Mapping purposes for transparent persistence onto the SQL Server database.
  • Developed, executed and maintained over 182 Selenium automation scripts for trading web application.
  • Designed exception reports for mission analysts, discovering data source discrepancies.
  • Performed client-side validations (using JavaScript) and server-side validations and implemented validation controls.
  • Designed and program custom web applications using PHP, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.

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Top 10 Best States for Web Software Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Texas
  4. New York
  5. North Carolina
  6. Minnesota
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Colorado
  9. District of Columbia
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Web Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

69.3%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

14.3%
Ethnicity

White

51.1%

Asian

20.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

6.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

15.0%

German

15.0%

French

10.0%

Portuguese

5.0%

Marathi

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Tagalog

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%
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Web Software Engineer Education

Schools

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.3%

University of Phoenix

7.3%

Northeastern University

7.3%

Stevens Institute of Technology

6.5%

San Jose State University

6.5%

George Washington University

5.7%

University of California - Irvine

5.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.7%

University of Southern California

4.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

University of Utah

4.1%

San Diego State University

4.1%

University of California - San Diego

4.1%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

41.9%

Computer Engineering

10.8%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Information Technology

5.7%

Business

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.1%

Computer Applications

4.5%

Information Systems

3.3%

Computer Programming

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Finance

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Management

1.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.1%

Biology

1.0%

Computer Networking

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Marketing

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.9%

Masters

28.9%

Other

11.0%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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