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What is One Average of a Web Developer Salary in 2016? -- Spoiler alert: it is $71,694.50

By w̶i̶e̶l̶d̶l̶i̶n̶u̶x̶.̶c̶o̶m̶ author Morgan Jassen

What is an objective, average, market standard, ("commodity") salary, for a person, who is a Web Developer in the United States and/or in Massachusetts in 2016?

It's $71,694.50, and here below is how I calculated it.

I added four sources of average Web Developer salary in United States and/or Massachusetts that were close to 2016, and divided by four. (see sources linked below) That was: ($75,540 + $66,238 + $87,000 + $58,000) / 4 = $71,694.50

What about for a person? Well a Web Developer is a person, so that counts. But just to compare some other people to confirm that. Compare it to Customer Support people at $68,540, and Teachers at $74,737. (again, see sources linked below) Web Developer average salary sits in-between the two, so that checks out by answering "yep, that's near to what other professional people are making nearby too."

These results are not 100% conclusive. Also, I truly do see salary as only one part of an overall compensation package. Not only that, I think one should consider non-compensation-related factors when looking for a job, for example, am I a culture fit for the company, and is this a role where I will be effective, a role where I will be adding to the bottom line, and will my work be in alignment with the company's goals?

Still, salary is one important piece of a job. And it's important to get it right, pay attention to it, and periodically review it.

In conclusion, a salary is one important piece of an overall compensation package for a Web Developer, and as such should be meditated upon, and an objective average market standard salary for a person who is a Web Developer in the United States and/or in Massachusetts in 2016 would be $71,694.50.

[ 2017-03-02 Update:

So if that's the average salary per year, then what would be the corresponding average hourly wage? Let's calculate it as 40 hrs./wk, with 52 weeks per year.

( ($71,694.50 / 52 weeks) / 40 hrs/wk. ) = $34.47. So based on this, a matching hourly rate would be $34.47/hr. ]


- Web Developer salary sources:
** $75,540  (Source: "Labor and Workforce Development ... Occupational Employment and Wages ... All Industries...Massachusetts ... 15-1134 Web Developers(filter) http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/...asp )
** $66,238 (Source: "Glassdoor -> Web Developer salaries -> National Average filters] https://www.glassdoor.com/Sala...,13.htm )
** $87,000 (Source: Indeed Web Developer Salary http://www.indeed.com/salary/Web-Developer.html )
** $58,000 (Source: Payscale.com -> Web Developer Salary -> national median http://www.payscale.com.../Salary )

- Customer Support salary source:
** $68,540 (Source: "2016 Customer Support Salary Study" https://www.helpscout.net/...salary/ )

- Teacher Salary source:
** $74,737 (Source: "The towns and cities with the best-paid teachers in Massachusetts in 2015" http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/...paid-teachers.html )

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog post are general information from one individual's perspective; I'm not recommending what anyone else's salary should be.

[2019 edit: Moved to: https://investorworker.com/2016/... .html.]