The Ultimate 2022 Guide to Frontend Developer Salaries

Depending on the company, web developers can be hired for frontend development, backend development, or both (called full-stack web development).

In this article we’ll dive deeper how you can go about earning a frontend developer salary.

First we’ll look at how in-demand this field of web development is, then we’ll break down what the average paycheck you can expect based on location, seniority, and company.

You can use the clickable menu below to find the salary information you’re most interested in:

  1. What is a frontend developer?
  2. Are frontend developers in demand?
  3. How much can I earn as a frontend developer?
  4. What is the average frontend developer salary in the United States?
  5. How much do frontend developers earn around the world?
  6. Frontend developer salaries based on seniority level
  7. Frontend developer salaries by company

1. What is a frontend developer?

Web development can be broken down into two areas, frontend and backend. The frontend is everything you see on the screen, the routing between pages, etc. Everything the user interacts with on a website falls into the realm of the frontend.

Backend is the data layer of the application. This includes security and authentication, like logging in to a website. It’s also the interaction between the frontend and the database, where all the data for the website is stored.

If you’d like to read more about what makes these two different, check out our full guide to frontend vs backend development.

2. Are frontend developers in demand?

Maybe you’ve heard comments like these: Frontend development is dead. Everything is full-stack now. 

If you’re considering a career in frontend development, your first burning question is probably: “Will I find a job in this field?”

So, is frontend development dead? Well, if the 33,000+ job openings listed on job site Indeed for “frontend developer” in the United States, or over 7,500 job openings in Germany have anything to say about it…the field is alive and well.

Why might people say this, then? Well, the field has evolved a lot over the years. The skills needed to compete as a frontend developer have changed. Thus, frontend developers who have not evolved with the changes might see less need for their skillset.

For example, familiarity with at least one framework like React, Vue, and Angular is almost a necessity. People don’t just want simple websites anymore. They want interactive applications.

This means websites with maps, with chatbots, user dashboards, and real-time updates.

Frontend developer roles these days involve tasks like:

  • managing state
  • fetching data from APIs and processing the data ready for display
  • defining JavaScript architecture
  • unit testing
  • performance improvements

Employees who are familiar with these frameworks and skills are certainly still in demand.

3. How much can I earn as a frontend developer?

The salary for a frontend developer greatly depends on location, company, and seniority of the developer.

First let’s dive into the average salary for frontend developers, then we’ll take a look at how seniority and company might affect your salary.

What is the average frontend developer salary in the United States?

According to data from Indeed.com, the average yearly salary for frontend developers in the US is US$101,958

This includes a yearly cash bonus of $5000 per year, bringing the total to US$106,958 per year.

According to job site Glassdoor, the average basic frontend developer salary is US$77,919.

This of course varies widely based on which state you’re working in (or are looking to work in!). Let’s take a look at what frontend developers typically earn in different locations (ordered from highest to lowest). 

Again, we’ve taken all salary data from Indeed:

  • San Francisco, CA: $142,368
  • Boston, NY: $122,075
  • New York, NY: $116,799
  • Dallas, TX: $113,593
  • Denver, CO: $113,360
  • Los Angeles, CA: $109,284
  • Atlanta, GA: $106,686
  • Chicago, IL: $104,692
  • Seattle, WA: $101,532
  • Minneapolis, MN: $100,835

As you can see, frontend developers earn well across the US. If you’d like to get salary data for a different location, check Indeed’s salary portal.

4. How much do frontend developers earn around the world?

Let’s dive into average frontend developer salaries outside of the United States.

Average frontend developer salary in the UK & Ireland

The average salary for a frontend developer in the UK is £54,875 per year (Indeed). This is around £20,000 higher than the national average salary of £29,600 per year. 

The average salary for a frontend developer in Ireland is €62,326 per year (Indeed). This is around €18,000 higher than the national average salary of €44,202. 

Here’s what the average frontend developer salary looks like broken down by city (based on data from Indeed):

  • London: £65,755
  • Dublin: €62,942
  • Cardiff: £47,818
  • Belfast: £52,353
  • Edinburgh: £47,421

Frontend developer salaries in other European countries

Here’s a look at the average frontend developer salary in different countries across Europe:

  • Switzerland: 101,655 CHF (around €104,309). The national average salary in Switzerland is about 124,000 CHF. 
  • Germany: €59.217. The national average salary in Germany is €49.200.
  • Austria: €53.575. The national average salary in Austria is around €45.500.
  • France: €44.083. The national average salary in France is €39.300. 
  • Spain: €33.360. The national average salary in Spain is around €24.100.
  • Italy: €29.973. The national average salary in Italy is around €28.500.

Average frontend developer salary in Australia

The average salary for a frontend developer in Australia is $124,151 per year (Indeed). That’s over $55,000 higher than the national average salary which stands at around $67,860 per year. 

Now let’s take a look at how much frontend developers typically earn in different Australian cities:

  • Canberra, ACT: $232,671
  • Brisbane, QLD: $117,040
  • Perth, WA: $108,200
  • Sydney, NSW: $133,220
  • Melbourne, VIC: $122,876

Average frontend developer salary in New Zealand

The average salary for a frontend developer in New Zealand is $95,309 per year (Indeed). This is considerably higher than the national average salary of $58,836 per year.

Now let’s explore the frontend developer salary for different cities in New Zealand, based on data from Indeed, Glassdoor, and Talent.com:

  • Wellington: $95,309
  • Auckland: $95,309
  • Hamilton: $95,309
  • Christchurch: $58,000

Average frontend developer salary in India

In India, the average frontend developer salary is ₹470,000 per year (around US$5,884). This is higher than the national average salary of ₹3,87,500 per year (around US$5,000). 

Here’s how the frontend developer salary varies across different Indian cities:

  • Bengaluru: ₹600,000 (around $7,500)
  • Mumbai: ₹532,548 (around $6,700)
  • Hyderabad: ₹512,507 (around $6,400)
  • Jaipur: ₹474,437 (around $6,000)
  • Delhi: ₹537,917 (around $6,700)

Average frontend developer salary in Brazil

In Brazil, frontend developers earn an average salary of 81,500 BRL per year (around $28,300). This is significantly higher than the national average salary of 103,000 BRL.

Average frontend developer salary in Nigeria

According to salaryexplorer.com, the average salary for a frontend developer in Nigeria is 3,200,000 NGN per year (around US$7,700). 

This is considerably higher than the national average salary of 339,000 NGN per year (around US$816).

Average frontend developer salary in Canada

The average frontend developer salary in Canada is $85,965 per year. This is a good $30,000 more than the national average salary of $54,630.

How do frontend developers fare in different Canadian cities? Let’s take a peek:

  • Vancouver, BC: $92,227
  • Toronto, ON: $89,719
  • Calgary, AB: $88,797
  • Montréal, QC: $83,935
  • Québec, QC: $66,913

Average frontend developer salary in South Africa

Based on data from Indeed, the average salary for a frontend developer in South Africa is ZAR 512 070 per year (around US$30,200). The national average salary stands at ZAR 374,000, putting frontend developers in the above-average category.

5. Frontend developer salaries based on seniority level

As you move from junior to senior in the field of frontend development, your salary will of course shift with you. 

But how much? Using the United States as an example, let’s take a look at how frontend developer salaries vary based on seniority (all data from Glassdoor).

  • Junior frontend developer salary: $64,241
  • Mid-level frontend developer salary: $85,389
  • Senior frontend developer salary: $109,138
  • Principal frontend developer salary: $135,831

If you’re curious what the difference between these levels is, try searching these job titles and browsing some job descriptions. 

In particular, take a look at the responsibilities and skills required to see what it takes to move up in rank.

6. Frontend developer salaries by company

While averages and seniority are helpful benchmarks to get an idea of what a frontend developer earns, the specific company makes a big difference too.

Big companies, especially FAANG (Facebook/Meta, Alphabet, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) are known to pay well above average.

Here are five examples of average frontend developer salaries in Big Tech companies:

8. Final thoughts

Hopefully now you have a general idea of what a frontend developer earns. As you can see, location, seniority and company make a big difference.

In general, frontend developers earn significantly higher than average across the board.

If you’d like to get started in frontend development, that’s a lot easier than you might think.

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