2016-2017 Web Salary Survey

Tools, Trends, What Pays (and What Doesn't) for Web Professionals

2016-2017 Web Salary Survey

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The speed of change in web development, in terms of favored tooling, techniques, and standards, allows for much innovation in a vibrant ecosystem of developers. It also presents challenges for those trying to keep up. What can you earn as a web developer today? How does the type of job, the language you use, or your geographic location affect your salary?

Based on a survey of more than 2,000 developers, O’Reilly’s inaugural web salary survey provides valuable insight from respondents in 51 countries and all 50 US states. This survey, conducted in the spring of 2016, examines the current world of software development—and the careers that propel it—in great detail.

In this report, you’ll learn:

  • Salaries by country and by regions in the US, as well as by age, education, gender, and bargaining skills
  • The best and worst industries to work for in this field, and how company size determines salary amount
  • How web developer salaries are affected by job title, number of hours worked per week, and on-the-job activities
  • Respondents’ choices of different languages, platforms, and tools, including clusters of related tools

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John King

John King is a data analyst at O'Reilly Media. Having previously worked on survey-based sociolinguistic research in the Republic of Georgia, he now runs surveys at O'Reilly, using the results not just for internal use but also to share his findings with the public.

Andy Oram

Andy Oram

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source, software engineering, and health IT, but his editorial output has ranged from a legal guide covering intellectual property to a graphic novel about teenage hackers. His work for O'Reilly includes the influential 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, the 2005 ground-breaking book Running Linux, and the 2007 best-seller Beautiful Code. Andy also writes often for O'Reilly's Radar site (http://radar.oreilly.com/) and other publications on policy issues related to the Internet and on trends affecting technical innovation and its effects on society. Print publications where his work has appeared include The Economist, Communications of the ACM, Copyright World, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Vanguardia Dossier, and Internet Law and Business. His web site is www.praxagora.com/andyo.