Front End DeveloperJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Front-end developers are computer programmers who optimize web pages and mobile apps for maximum efficiency by creating designs that meet user requirements. Typical duties of a front-end developer include determining what the structure and design of a web page should be, creating a functional yet aesthetic design, and maximizing efficiency. Front-end developers must be conscious of maintaining brand consistency across all web pages. They work closely with back-end developers, graphic designers, and user experience designers to ensure the consistency of web designs. As such, a front-end developer needs to have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

A front-end web developer should be able to create seamless UX for a wide range of platforms, including mobile games, digital menus, rich video, and more. They must adhere to brand standards while observing UX best practices. A solid background in search engine optimization (SEO) is extremely helpful. 

A front-end developer should be familiar with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery. They also need to be proficient in using graphic design applications like Adobe Illustrator. Essential skills for this role include a deep understanding of design principles, working knowledge of responsive and adaptive design, and excellent problem-solving skills.

Sample job description #1

Responsibilities

  • Work with a team of project managers, designers, strategists, and developers to build brand new experiences with VueJS/Nuxt
  • Use client work to refine our tools and tech with each build
  • Collaborate with designers early in the production process to help them understand tech capabilities
  • Share learnings with our team and help mentor less experienced teammates
  • Review teammate’s code and help maintain high code quality

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of applied experience with ES6+ JavaScript
  • 2+ years of applied experience with modern SPA frameworks (React, Vue, Nuxt, etc.)
  • Experience or a deep understanding of statically rendered websites, their benefits, and drawbacks
  • Provide confidently clean code in with HTML, CSS & JS
  • Focus on the readability & maintainability of code
  • Implement cross-browser compatible features as a baseline
  • Strategically choose solutions that support efficiency in rendering, loading, and painting of the page on the full spectrum of devices and networks without sacrificing accessibility or UX
  • Familiarity with WCAG success criteria and generalized experience in building accessible, intuitive websites
  • Balance design aesthetics with accessibility, keeping WCAG guidelines front-of-mind while seeking opportunities to push the boundaries of the web as a medium
  • Comfortable with Git
  • Take personal responsibility for deadlines, code quality, and tasks
  • Experience collaborating with and mentoring other developers
  • Communicate effectively & often
  • Adept at creating and maintaining your development environment

Sample job description #2

This person will be responsible for bridging the gap between graphic design and the technical implementation of new features and functionalities. They will need to balance between the functional and aesthetic design, while ensuring the experiences are optimized for all devices.

Organizational structure

The Front-End Developer reports to the Director of Digital Experience

Responsibilities

  • Build, validate, and maintain web page templates from supplied wireframe layouts
  • Translate UI/UX wireframes to code
  • Use mobile first strategy to determine code structure and functionality
  • Support and implement best practices for layouts, navigation, architecture, and site speed
  • Partner with back-end developers, product managers and business users
  • Assist in user acceptance testing prior to code releases and launches
  • Monitor site performance to identify and fix usability issues
  • Stay up to date on the latest technologies supporting usability and design

Qualifications

  • Degree in computer science or related field
  • Salesforce Certification preferred
  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Familiarity with browser testing and debugging
  • Understanding of web development process from design to development and deployment
  • Ability to translate current state business into future state recommendations
  • Must be able to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well in a teamwork-oriented environment

Sample job description #3

We are looking for a self-starter that can excel in a hybrid work environment. A successful candidate will have effective communication skills, a focus on meeting client expectations and attention to detail. We are seeking an individual who has a positive attitude and who is looking to be a part of our collaborative team.

Required qualifications and skills

  • At least 2 years of front-end web site development experience using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Experience with responsive frameworks, cross-browser and multi-platform
  • Familiarity of version control systems such as Git
  • Detail-oriented with a commitment to producing quality work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication

Additional skills

  • Applied understanding of web analytics
  • A good eye for user interface design, typography, and user experience
  • Experience creating HTML emails and managing campaigns
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Comfortable developing on a Macintosh platform or willingness to learn

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a front end developer is $119,200 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$118,550$160,400
Los Angeles, California$133,750$180,950
Denver, Colorado$111,450$150,800
Washington, DC$135,750$183,700
Miami, Florida$110,950$150,100
Orlando, Florida$102,350$138,450
Tampa, Florida$103,350$139,800
Atlanta, Georgia$108,400$146,700
Chicago, Illinois$124,600$168,600
Boston, Massachusetts$134,750$182,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$107,400$145,300
New York City, New York$141,850$191,900
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$115,500$156,250
Dallas, Texas$112,450$152,150
Houston, Texas$111,450$150,800
Seattle, Washington$129,700$175,450
National Average$101,300$137,100

Sample interview questions

  • In your own words, what is a front end developer? 
  • Why do you want to work here? 
  • Which programming languages are you familiar with? 
  • What is your favorite programming language to work with? 
  • How did you get into writing code? 
  • Can you name some basic design elements? 
  • What is load balancing? 
  • What is a content security policy? 
  • Can you explain to me what user-centered design is? 
  • Can you name some fundamental principles of design? 
  • How do you ensure that your website design or web application is accessible and user-friendly? 
  • What are your favorite features of HTML5?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What is your greatest strength? 
  • What is your greatest weakness? 
  • What do you like about being a front end developer?
  • What are your hobbies? 
  • What does your ideal workspace look like?

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