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We often take for granted the design and layout of websites we frequent. The ease with which we navigate through information, the page layout and typography, the color and graphic elements that grab us—this is the work of a Web developer with an eye for design and functionality.


The BLS reports that Web developers made a median salary of $77,990 in 2011. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $124,860, while the lowest-paid earned $42,770 that year. The most highly compensated positions for Web developers deal with securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage. The highest-paid positions can be found in the metropolitan areas of Reading, Pa., and San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, Calif.

salary range

75th Percentile $101,570

Median $77,990

25th Percentile $58,300


Employers generally prefer a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field such as computer science or information technology, but you may be able to snag a Web developer position if you have technical skills and practical experience. Web developers may also get certifications, including CWP (Certified Web Developer), CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster), and Advanced Web Developer, all of which demonstrate varying levels of expertise. If you really want to be on the cutting edge, consider getting a certificate in Mobile Application Development, recommends Nelly Yusupova, chief technology officer of Webgrrls International, a networking group and community of professional women who leverage technology to become more successful in their careers and businesses. However, "experience is always more important than certifications," Yusupova wrote in an email. "There are good and valuable certification courses offered at most universities across the country, but whether you take courses or learn on your own, highlight your knowledge by building something that showcases your experience," she says.

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reviews and advice

Yusupova's biggest piece of advice: "Network and make connections. No one will be able to hire you if they don't meet you, and now in this economy, the best opportunities will come from your network of contacts." In addition to recommending a solid foundation on the basics of Web development, she suggests that those aspiring to enter the field familiarize themselves with both design and usability, and "always know what is current."