A Modern Day Front-End Development Stack
Additional front-end development tools and skills that are currently in demand include:
- CSS libraries (Bootstrap, Material Design CSS Frameworks, etc.)
- CSS preprocessors (SASS, LESS, Stylus)
- Task Runners, Build Tools, and Process Automation Tools (Webpack, angular-cli)
- RESTful services and APIs
- Version Control Systems (e.g. Git)
- Content Management Systems (CMS) and eCommerce platforms (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento)
- Testing (unit testing, UI testing, end-to-end [E2E] testing)
- Responsive design
- Cross-Browser development
- Web components
- Angular (both AngularJS, also referred to as Angular 1.x, and the newer versions of the framework: Angular 2+ or simply Angular are very popular)
How Much Do Front-End Developers Earn Around the World?
Front-end developers in Switzerland, the USA, and Israel have the highest salaries on average. The average-high wage for front-end engineer in Switzerland can reach $124k (compared to $103k in the USA).
In Northern Europe, front-end developer salaries are also relatively high. Pay packets in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden can reach $72-92k per year.
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What Is the Average Front-End Developer Salary in the USA?
As we can see from the table, the average front-end developer in the USA will earn a salary of $68k per year, according to Payscale.com.
However, these numbers differ from source to source. Glassdoor.com estimates the median front-end developer salary in the US to be almost $89k, while a leading job search portal, Indeed.com, states that a $103k salary is the average for front-end developers in the USA.
Naturally, front-end developer salaries differ greatly from state to state, and even from city to city within the same state. For example, Austin and Denver, both located in Texas, have an almost $7,000 difference. Meanwhile, front-end developers in San Francisco earn almost $26,000 more on average than their counterparts in Los Angeles.
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The numbers will also vary depending on each engineer’s level of experience. Junior front-end developers in the USA - with 1-4 years of experience - can expect to get between $72k and $79k per year, compared to $90k for middle-level specialists.
As we can see, average salaries grow with experience. This means that front-end developers with 10+ years of experience can expect to earn more than $100k on average.
Front-End vs Back-End vs Full-Stack: Which Web Development Skill Set Should You Be Looking for?
Web development consists of several layers. These are: Front-end (UI), back-end (server), APIs connecting the two, and the database where information is sourced. With so many layers, it usually takes several specialists to build a fully-fledged web application.
- Front-end developers are usually more UI-focused. They need to have a good understanding of the principles of web design and usability, in addition to knowledge of development tools.
- Back-end engineers can deal with the business logic of an app or create an inner structure for a website. They are usually more focused on architecture and performance.
- There are also developers that combine the listed skill sets, known as full-stack web developers. These engineers can build both the internal application logic and the consumer-facing elements of a web application. This means that they should be well-versed in front-end technologies and backend stack alike.
While hiring a full-stack developer instead of two dedicated developers for front- and back-end seems like a reasonable option, it is important to understand that one person cannot replace a team of specialists with a more specialized focus.
Full-stack developers are often less competent with front- and back-end development than the dedicated professionals in each. In this case, the saying “jack of all trades, master of none” often rings especially true.
Moreover, experienced full-stack developers are harder to find and are priced accordingly. An average full-stack developer salary in the US is at the $110,762 mark, according to indeed.com.
Most business owners understand the challenges of hiring a full-stack developer. Indeed.com job trends clearly show that there are more job postings for front-end and back-end developers separately than there are for full-stack web developers.
From this, we can ascertain that most business owners prefer hiring specialists for each respective role, rather than looking for a silver bullet solution.
Stack Overflow research further proves that front-end developers (as well as back-end specialists) are currently in high demand. There are almost two candidates for each front-end job opening, while the supply of full-stack developers is clearly outpacing the demand.
If you are looking to hire skilled front-end engineers remotely, understanding the trends in the job market is a good way to start. First of all, make sure to specify all the requirements of the position and set realistic budget expectations. We hope that the information provided above will serve as a good starting point in your search.