What’s the average salary a front end developer can expect to make? SalaryExpert data says the average front end developer salary in the USA is a little over $89,000. In Ukraine, it’s more like $3500-$4000 a month or $42,000-$48,000. Around half before taking into account that Ukrainian front end developers take home around 80% of their gross salary. In the USA, though it can vary considerably from state to state, a net take-home pay of around 70% of gross salary would be about average.
From an employer’s point of view, front end developers can also cost a lot more or less in social security contributions and other taxes and expenses like insurance policies depending on the country in which they are employed.
‘Front end developer’ is also a very broad title. Salaries attached to the role can vary significantly depending on what front end programming languages and other software development tools and technologies a developer’s tech stack is comprised of. The salary of a C# .Net developer, a React developer, an Objective-C developer or a Go developer can be very different.
Some of the factors that can most influence a front end developer’s salary are:
But keeping in mind the vagueness of ‘front end developer’ as a stand-alone job description, in this blog we’ll run you through some of the most reliable international data sources for front end developer salary ranges around the world. We’ll present data from:
If you would like a more accurate forecast of what you should expect to pay a front end developer with a particular profile and tech stack in East Europe please do get in touch. Our HR department will be happy to give you an accurate range based on current market dynamics.
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SalaryExpert data for front end developers based in Germany shows the following salary range:
Monthly, the average front end developer salary in Germany is circa. €5550 with junior roles starting from around €3800 and seniors earning up to €6900+.
Glassdoor salary data for front end developer roles based in Germany differs slightly to the SalaryExpert figures and shows the following range based on 159 survey responses:
SalaryExpert data for front end developers based in the UK shows the following salary range:
Monthly, the average front end developer salary in the UK is circa. £4025 with junior roles starting from around £2800 and seniors earning up to £5000+.
Glassdoor salary data for front end developer roles based in the UK differs slightly to the SalaryExpert figures and shows the following range based on 1261 survey responses:
East Europe is a popular IT outsourcing destination for high salary economies, especially those of West Europe like Germany and the UK. Significantly lower average salaries, taxes and other overheads like office space can offer significant savings compared to domestic markets.
The trend towards remote work, compatible time zones, relatively easy travel logistics and availability of IT specialists with a reasonable to good level of English have all encouraged a huge influx of employers of East European software developers over recent years. The fact that some East European countries including Poland, Romania and Bulgaria are also EU members, which can be important for software development projects that need to consider GDPR compliance, is another mark in the region’s ‘for’ column as far as employers are concerned.
But East Europe is not a single homogenous territory. It is made up of many different countries with their own market dynamics and economies. One thing most of the region does have in common is relatively high numbers of software developers per capita; something that is often put down to the region’s strong tradition in mathematics.
Whatever the reason for their numbers and quality, East European developers are in high demand. That has led to significant salary inflation for developers, especially in 2021 when K&C’s recruitment department notes a rise in the remuneration being asked for, and given, of up to 30% this year alone.
Despite the narrowing of the gap with IT specialist salaries in West Europe, especially for senior professionals, hiring front end developers in East Europe still usually represents a significant saving on hiring alternatives with comparable profiles on domestic markets.
Let’s take a look at front end developer salary data for three of the East European markets for front end developers K&C has established offices – Ukraine, Poland and Belarus.
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Djinni data for front end developers based in Ukraine shows the following salary range:
It’s very clearly a developer’s market in Ukraine, something we can back up with our own recent experience recruiting in the country. Of the 5601 job listings for front end developers on Djinni.com, each has received an average of 2.7 applications. However, the 4698 front end developers with profiles on the jobs portal have received an average of 11.3 proposals from employers or recruiters.
Data from K&C’s internal recruitment department (good public sources from major jobs listings sites are unavailable) puts the average salary in Poland for front end developers at currently around 10% lower than in Ukraine. And salaries are standardly denominated in euros not dollars. That equates to average ranges of:
Data from K&C’s internal recruitment department (good public sources from major jobs listings sites are unavailable) puts the average Front end developer salary in Belarus at currently around 20% lower than in Ukraine. That equates to average monthly salary ranges ($ is standard) for front end developers in Belarus of:
SalaryExpert data front end developers based in the United States shows the following salary range:
Based on the above data, the monthly salary range front end developer salary in the USA starts from circa. $5170 for junior roles, comes in at an average of $7415 and can reach $92,000+ for senior positions.
Glassdoor salary data for front end developer roles based in the USA differs slightly from the SalaryExpert figures and shows the following range based on 1261 survey responses:
Indeed.com also offers data on expected front end developer salary growth by years of experience. The data, based on portal users who reported working as front end developers over the past 3 years shows average earning potential peaks at between 8 and 12 years of experience at an average of around $98,000 p.a., rising from $75,000-$80,000 for professionals of between 4 and 8 years of experience.
The portal also says the front end developers whose salary survey responses make up the data often have the following qualifications and certifications:
Front end software developer salary levels are of course, as mentioned, highly dependent on tech stack and experience. Indeed.com lists the most common qualifications and tech stack of front end developers as:
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