Developers can be one of the most profitable careers, so a common question is what is my earning potential? Does getting a degree make a difference? How does my earning potential change with experience and how long does it take to get to a new level?
- A career as a developer can be very lucrative, and although that's not necessarily what you should focus on, it's good to know that it's in demand and pays well. According to LinkedIn, the median salary for a front-end developer in the U.S. is $74,900, while a back-end developer is higher at $85,000 a year. Now back-end development is often considered the more challenging of the practices, and thus reflected in salary. Much of your earning potential will vary depending on many factors, and that includes the size of the company, the popularity of languages or frameworks that you know, and years of experience. For example, employees at companies with more than 10,000 employees make 12% more than those at smaller companies. Developers with more experience also tend to make more money than newer developers. So it pays to stay in the industry. Now according to a Stack Overflow survey, the median salary for front-end developers with more than five years of experience was $97,000. I wouldn't recommend becoming a developer because of the money. A lot of development is problem-solving, so if you're not the type of person that enjoys solving problems, then this career will be tough in spite of the financial benefits. However, if you enjoy programming and problem-solving, this can be a meaningful and profitable career.
- Types of web developers
- Server technologies
- Getting web development training
- Choosing the right tools
- Getting a job
- Negotiating your salary