It is difficult to establish the best or highest paying jobs in any profession due to the variables. The figures vary by city, state, years of experience, seniority level, size of the company, and the revenue of the corporation. For example, large corporations with revenues in the billions will likely pay more than a small company generating only millions in total sales. For example, Wells Fargo Bank has an average salary for their web developers of $95K (PayScale).
Payscale reports Amazon’s web developers at $88k, which exceeds the national average of $58,235.
The above position has an annual base salary of $79,055 as reported by Salary.com.
Individuals who have 2 to 4 years experience as a web applications developer can exceed $80k. This person is responsible for designing, developing, testing, implementing, and maintaining web-based application systems. Other jobs duties include troubleshooting and solving the software issues. You will also research technical problems and suggest improvements for web applications. These developers may analyze and integrate new web products\technologies with existing web applications to improve the web design and application functionality. The job requires knowledge about one or multiple commonly-used web developing languages (e.g., HTML, Java, PHP, JSP, ASP.Net, Python, AJAX) is necessary.
Web applications developers with experience in the 4 to 7 years range can earn a higher income. Salary.com reports this group’s annual base salary at $103,711.
Another reputable employment site, Glassdoor, reports the median base salary for web developers at $88,488. The position of Senior Web Developer has a base salary of $116,529. The years of experience is not specified to qualify as a Senior Developer. Again, this requirement will vary from one company to the next. One job posting, for example on Glassdoor, requires a Senior Web Developer with five years experience.
Common Developer Jobs
There are three web developer jobs referred to in many employment sites:
The average salary for a Front End Developer is $103,610 per year in the United States. This salary estimate is based on 18,467 salaries submitted anonymously by Front End Developer employees, users, and collected from past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months (Indeed.com).
A back-end developer is a type of programmer who creates the logical back-end and core computational logic of a website, software, or information system. The developer creates components and features that are indirectly accessed by a user through a front-end application or system.
They develop and maintain the core functional logic and operations of a software application or information system. Typically, a back-end developer has expert programming skills in C++, C#, Java and other high-level programming languages.
The average salary for a Back End Developer is $120,759 per year in the United States. Salary estimates based on 5,421 salaries submitted to Indeed in the same fashion as the above position.
Full Stack Developer
Learning both front and back-end languages can make you more valuable and versatile. It also has the potential to result in a greater income than either front or back-end web developers.
The average salary for a Full Stack Developer is $112,263 per year in the United States. Salary estimates based on 20,268 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Full Stack Developer employees and site users over 36 months.