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Insane Web Developer Salaries 2021: The Future of the Job Market

Chris Sean πŸͺ
Developer Relations Engineer @newrelic / Full-Time Twitch Streamer / Passion for AI/ML / YouTube 90k+ / 🐩 Owner x 2 / Family First
・5 min read

If you are a software developer, this is the article for you! Software developers have always been in demand but what will happen to salaries in 2021? Will they continue to rise or fall with the market? Read on to find out.

The average salary of a web developer has been steadily rising since 2009 and it doesn't show any signs of stopping soon. So if you're looking at going into programming as your career choice then now's definitely the time! But how much can we expect these salaries to grow by 2021 and should I be worried about automation taking over my job? Find out more below.

In today's competitive marketplace, it pays off big time for those who know their stuff. Which means that those jobs that require skill

Know your worth

I refuse to work in a field that does not pay me what I am worth. For this reason, I have turned down many offers.

I'm no stranger when it comes to people underestimating my abilities just because of my educational background- but you'll never hear these words come out of mouth: "Yes." If someone is unwilling to compensate me fairly for all the hard work and experience I have, then I just won't work with them.

We're all in the same boat. If you have any semblance of talent and passion for what you do, never settle for less than your worth. Unless maybe if the company is an up-and-coming start up that has potential signs of eventually becoming a unicorn--then it might be better to take one step back in order to move two steps forward?

In this blog post, I give an overview of how developers salaries compare with each other.

Netflix

Netflix is composed of many teams that are designed to keep its services well-maintained and improved. Here, only the best of the best developers are needed for service actualization; however their reputation also matters a lot.

A Senior Front-End Developer salary at Netflix can reach up to $480,000 per year with bonuses included in this package deal as well!

Apple

Apple is one of the top leading technology brands worldwide. For me, If I had to choose between Apple, Facebook and Google. I'd choose Apple. In fact, I did an interview with Apple in 2020 but turned it down because I absolutely love what I do at New Relic.

Apple is a company that values creativity and innovation. If you work hard there, not only will your paycheck be worth it but so too are the perks! Developers at Apple make an average of $115K annually plus other benefits such as bonuses & stocks. There's also room to grow with more opportunities for developers coming in all categories; from mobile development to Graphics Designers on Mac OSX or iOS devices...this really is where creatives come alive!

Here are some specifics about what developers do on average:

  • Devops Engineer = $135,000
  • Senior Front-end Developer = $138,000
  • Software Engineer = $215,000
  • Staff Software Engineer = $447,000
  • Principal Software Engineer = $681,000

Spotify

Spotify is one of those companies that has a vibe like no other. From free snacks and discounts on gym memberships to working with smart people from all over the world--not to mention, unlimited paid vacation days.

A friend of mine was transparent about his earnings in public. He is a Web Engineer who receives over $180,000 annually. These numbers can rise depending on the position. See some of their salaries below: https://www.levels.fyi/company/Spotify/salaries/Software-Engineer

  • Engineer 1 = $144,000
  • Engineer 2 = $201,000
  • Senior Engineer = $235,000
  • Staff Engineer = $303,000

Facebook

It's no surprise that the most popular social media giant pays well too. For my specific case, I can say their salaries are really competitive! While it may not be for me to stay in this company long term, they do offer a lot of opportunities and there is something for everyone (no matter what your current experience level). See some of their salaries below:

  • Tech Lead = $200,000 to $217,000
  • Front-End Developer = $115,000 to $126,000
  • Senior Front-End Developer = $198,000; bonus = $21,000
  • Junior DevOps Engineer = $155,000 $165,000
  • DevOps Engineer = $175,000 to $188,000
  • Software Engineer E9 = $3,900,000 stack, have some experience and a passion for what you do, then this is the company to aim for!

Amazon

You probably all know it, Amazon is the largest online retailer worldwide. It is a monopoly for Internet commerce--Amazon controls 2 out of 3 of this market among other related industries such as Netflix.

Anyway although so many software engineers have expressed concern about working at Amazon due to the issues discussed above in addition to having little control over the decisions of product management, there are still many software engineers who have found success working on a variety of service offerings and other roles within Amazon.

So here are some salaries for common positions at Amazon:

  • Software Development Engineer (SDE II) = $131,000 to $148,000+
  • Release Manager = $136,000 to $149,000+
  • Technical Program Manager = $122,000
  • Principal/Staff Software Engineer = $194,000-$205,000
  • Principal Data Scientist (Machine Learning) = $325,700 (my personal goal is to reach this salary level within the next few years. I know where I want my career to go...and that's straight up!)

Google

The most popular search engine in the world is also a great place to find high-paying engineering jobs.

One more thing, Google may not be as generous with it's salaries for software engineers but career opportunities are almost endless--you can work on whatever product you want and get huge bonuses! There are so many benefits that they offer that I doubt any other company can beat them. See some of their salaries below:

  • Software Engineer = $135,000 - $247,139+
  • Principal/Staff Software Engineer = $209,337-$274,243 (6 years experience)
  • Principal Scientist = $240,456+
  • Principal Product Manager = $324,000+

Believe it or not, these salaries are the norm when working at a company like Google. Just being a Principal Product Manager will land you an annual salary of $324,000 and that's only the starting point because there are other ways to earn more money by hitting quarterly goals or other metrics. (such as meeting certain time management expectations). So if you want to be successful in upper level management position, Google might be right for you. Don't worry about your lack of experience because they let people join straight out of college and they will groom you to be successful.

Conclusion

As a field, software engineering is growing significantly. Now many people are learning code knowing that they want to work at a FANG company. Competition is fierce and salaries are high but if you put in the work, you'll get paid accordingly!

Ask yourself this: How much are YOU worth? What's your salary worth? Are you still not sure how to answer that question? Just close your eyes and imagine your life; look at where you are now and where you want to be in just as little as three to five years. What do you need to give up in order to get there? How bad do you want it? What will you be worth?

I hope this post helped! If there's anything else that you'd like to know or talk about, feel free to comment below. Thank you for reading!

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Maria Shimkovska

Great article! I love salary transparency!
I wonder if these salaries apply across all locations, and if not then I am curious how location impacts salary and if the reason the range is so large is because of different locations. Or maybe negotiation plus location.