Web Developer Salaries You Can Expect in 2016

Web development is one of the fastest growing and most in-demand occupations to date, and with no sign that this train will halt anytime soon, there’s no better time for new up-and-comers to get into the field!

Generous Salaries and Rapidly Growing Demand

As our modern society moves deeper and deeper into the digital age, fewer of the standard offline methods of doing things will remain the norm, while instead these methods transition into their more streamlined online counterparts. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of web developers is projected to increase 20 percent within the decade between 2012 and 2022, nearly doubling the growth of all other occupations.

We can see here that in the past two years alone there has been a huge spike in web developer salaries given tech industry’s demand to find talent.

Chart of Historical Web Developer Salaries.

The expansion is largely based on the ever-increasing drive towards eCommerce, as online purchasing is expected to grow faster than the on-site retail industry.

An overwhelming surge of mobile device usage is also largely a cause of this projected growth, with a great deal of both new and existing websites requiring designs and development that support a mobile platform. In fact, according to the 2015 Internet Trends report, which is published annually by the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, mobile device usage for digital media consumption has handily surpassed that of traditional desktop platforms with no signs of slowing.

Perhaps just as critical to those looking to get their feet wet in the field of web development is the pay: How does a web developer salary match up to similar occupations?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage in the U.S. for a web developer in May 2012 was $62,500, which is roughly middle of the pack for similar computer-related occupations, and well above the median across all occupations at $34,750. As mentioned above, even since 2012 we’ve seen a significant spike in web developer salaries based on employer demand.

Contributing Factors For A Web Developer Salary

Salaries for developers depend upon many things. These include the exact functions that the professional performs for his or her company or clients, the size of the company, and the type and amount of experience that the developer has. Of course, the part of the country that the developer works in might matter as well. It’s fairly safe to speculate that average salaries in San Francisco are higher than they are in Omaha.

There are also several career tracks and disciplines a web developer can pursue based on their strengths and interests, which also can impact salary. Some of the most common tracks are front end development, back end development and full stack development:

  • Front end developer: A front-end web developer focuses on the look and feel of the site and utilizes languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Back end developer: A back-end web developer writes all the code necessary for the core logic of the website: Grabbing data from the database and molding how that data is appropriately used and displayed to the user through the front end.
  • Full stack developer: A muchlauded position, and rightfully so, the full stack developer is one who is adept at all aspects of the development process and is capable of contributing code and functional solutions every step of the way, from planning and design to both front- and back-end coding.

Front End Developer Salaries

In the past, this role was almost always called “web designers.” However, in the past few years the front-end started becoming more complex and a higher amounts of actual programming experience is needed. The national median salaries for front end developer salaries tops more than $75,000, and in top markets comes in around $99,000 – $125,000.


Source: Indeed.com January 22, 2016

Back End Developer Salaries

Even though developers who work on the part of the site that remains behind the scenes may not enjoy the glory of those who work on the visible parts of a website, their coding skills may actually help them command higher salaries. In top markets, average salaries range from $124,000 to $139,000. Top earners with more experienced can command even higher salaries.


Source: Indeed.com, January 22, 2016

Full Stack Developer Salaries

Want to get paid the most? Then you should be a full stack developer and be comfortable jumping into CSS/HTML/JavaScript and then doing backend heavy Java/Python/Ruby, etc. Companies will pay one developer more money to do back and front end than hire two engineers combined. In top markets, full stack developers average between $115,000 – $146,000.


Source: Indeed.com, January 22, 2016

Enjoy a Booming Career in Web Development

With just about a billion registered domains on the World Wide Web, the growth of the Internet does not show any sign of slowing down! The profession of web development offers more than just high salaries, ranging from flexible work arrangements to personal growth, to a diverse range of career options.

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12 thoughts on “Web Developer Salaries You Can Expect in 2016

  1. I found an answer to all the questions in my mind. It’s been a great article. Thank you.

  2. Salary of web developers always depends on the work experience an employee has, type of work he/she must execute, company he/she works in, country etc. And that’s not all of the factors that influence the rate. We have conducted a research and compiled a chart, based on Payscale, on how much full stack developers get per year in different countries:

    US – $73,993
    UK – $75,498
    France – $65,363
    Ukraine – $22,600
    Germany – $55,411
    Canada – $85,666
    Australia – $83,671
    Austria – $46,783
    Italy – $43,438
    Romania – $39,167
    As you can see, Ukrainian experts have the lowest salary among all. Still they are known for a good quality of work and professionalism.
    As we have already mentioned, the salary of full stack developers may also depend on the stack they are skilled at. For example, a MEAN stack developer salary may be even higher than that of other full stack developers as this is very popular stack of technologies that allows developers complete a project without anyone’s help. There are 3 types of seniority of developers:
    Junior developer, who has 1-2 years of work experience;
    Middle developers, whose experience varies from 2 to 5 years;
    Senior with 5+ years of experience.
    If we are talking about junior remote developers, we’ve discovered that their average annual salary varies from $39,444 to $72,335 all over the world, based on Payscale results.

  3. Jesse –

    I know your question is over a year old, but yes. It’s just slightly harder to get an interview, particularly with the big companies. However, the profession is in such demand there’s really no excuse not to land a job that pays about commensurate with what a college grad would make, provided you can code as good as any college grad (and that’s not too hard). Coding is like math – you can either do it or you can’t. Your credentials from your certifications, plus your performance on technical interviews will land you a job, not so much a CS degree. I have 2 Masters degrees, but I do not think they helped me much to get started – what helped me was competence. The degrees may just help me become a CTO or something someday, and they may be of little consequence if I start my own company. Basically, you just need to focus on honing your skills as a programmer and you can make 6 figures as a fullstack programmer in the right market if you have the talent and ability.

  4. as a working web developer I can tell you those numbers are very much ‘bloated’ to say the least. I am making around 2000 a website that takes almost a month to build so don’t think it’s as easy as they suggest. But I am happy working from home..so you decide.

  5. Hi. It seems that your post only depends on the physical location of the individuals. Please tell me that how much salary a Front-end Developer as well as back-end developer can expect in India. Thanks in advance.. 🙂

  6. Is it possible to make close to six figures as a fullstack web developer with no degree and only certifications to list as credentials?

  7. can you tell me ,which would be the most demanded high paid developer job after 2016 or four years after that!!
    and which would be the demanded programming language.
    what do i have to do if i wanna be a developer,,,,which is better a developer or a programmer……………………….Thank you

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