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.

There are several sites devoted to the collection of salary data from employers and employees. One is that reports a breakdown of some of the specialties within web development. One of these is the position of a web software developer. This job entails the design, development, and implementation of software packages for websites. The individual also troubleshoots, debugs, and implements software code. Typical education requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area with knowledge of SQL, C++, HTML, CGI, and JavaScript. These jobs generally prefer 2 to 4 years of experience as a developer.

The above position has an annual base salary of $79,055 as reported by

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. 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:

Front-End Developer

A front-end developer is a type of computer programmer that codes and creates the visual front-end elements of a software, application, or website. He or she creates computing components/features that are directly viewable and accessible by the end user or client. Typically, the front-end developer’s job is to convert website design files into raw HTML, JavaScript (JS), and/or CSS code. This person is responsible for ensuring that a website’s visual front end is free of errors and looks exactly as designed. A front-end developer also ensures that a website has the same visibility across different computing and mobile web browsers.

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 (

Back-End Developer

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

Full-Stack Web Development, according to the Stack Overflow 2016 Developer Survey, is the most popular developer occupation. It is someone who is able to work on both the front-end and back-end portions of an application. They are typically familiar with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and one or more back-end languages.

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.

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