What does a Front End Developer do?

Front end engineers plan, design, build, and implement the user interface systems of websites, software programs, and web-based applications. Their primary goal is to provide a satisfactory user experience with no issues, errors, or downtime. They create and optimize systems, play an active role in testing and troubleshooting, and resolve issues such as those related to accessibility and browser compatibility. They often serve as an intermediary bridging the gap between the user and the backend developers, and tweak tools and platforms to adapt to real-world use situations.

Front end engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, and a background in software development. They must be extremely proficient with the use of programming languages such as JavaScript and CSS. Experience troubleshooting compatibility and accessibility issues is helpful.

What responsibilities are common for Front End Developer jobs?
  • Work closely with the product, design and engineering teams.
  • Research new technologies and propose solutions to user needs.
  • Identify UI problems and bugs and devise elegant solutions.
  • Participate in code reviews and ship code on a daily basis.
  • Develop fully functional web applications that align with business objectives.
  • Mentor and onboard junior members of the team.
  • Work directly with the client to define and clarify requirements.
  • Accept payments, ensuring all prices and quantities are accurate.
  • Follow the best practices in developments and improve them.
  • Create high resolution mockups to test interfaces with users.
  • Complete all required paperwork and documentation according to guidelines and deadlines as assigned.
  • Exemplify both technical expertise and empathy.
  • Overhaul user interfaces to optimize for speed and ease of use.
  • Expedite all cashiers and service desk transactions.
  • Ensure customer service is provided in a timely fashion.
  • Assist in the test strategy and execution of master test plan.
What are the typical qualifications for Front End Developer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer engineering, computer science, engineering or information technology or equivalent experience.
  • Fluency in a variety of programs, software, and systems such as ReACT, CSS, UI Design, and HTML.
  • Can run unit test and debugging procedures.
  • Comfortable interfacing and participating in Scrum exercises.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Front End Developer make?

Confident
$102,333 /yr
Total Pay
$88,515
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$13,818
 /yr

Additional Pay

$102,333

 / yr
$30K$361K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Front End Developer Career Path

Learn how to become a Front End Developer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Front End Engineer
$123,212/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
9%
2 - 4
66%
5 - 7
15%
8+
10%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Front End Developer Insights

Read what Front End Developer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
FloatFloat
Front End Designer
Dec 22, 2021

“Very conscious about everyone's time and personal life: advocates for and provides a great work life.”

Deriv.comDeriv.com
Front End Developer
Mar 22, 2022

“Deriv promotes work and life balance and making sure that everyone is healthy and fit.”

Tudo Technologoies
Frontend Developer
Aug 9, 2021

“Pay scale is low that's it nothing to say anything remaining all are good so I recommend to join”

Cezanne HRCezanne HR
Front End Web Developer
Nov 2, 2021

“the overall experience was extremely positive and I truly wish everyone who I worked with the best in life”

Remotify
Front End Web Developer
Apr 10, 2021

“The timing of the job I am doing at is really flexible and it is 100% remote.”

Paula's ChoicePaula's Choice
Senior Frontend Developer
Jan 4, 2022

“Development team is responsible for Production Support which means being on call nights and weekends one week a month.”

Sophus IT SolutionsSophus IT Solutions
Front End Developer
Dec 17, 2020

“Sophus provided me with a great career opportunity and were supportive in my contract position.”

Parallel LabsParallel Labs
Frontend Developer
Nov 28, 2020

“It was my first job fresh out of university and it turned out to be a great learning opportunity.”

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Front End Developer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of front end engineers

A typical day for a front end engineer, also known as a front-end web developer, includes making sure websites are friendly and functional to users. They spend each day working on websites, making them user-friendly by creating navigation, text boxes, animation, and forums.

For front end engineers who have the skills necessary to develop functional websites accessible on mobile devices, job prospects remain high. An advantage to working as a front end engineer is that the work can usually be completed remotely or at home.

Working as a front end engineer can be challenging at times. They must constantly monitor, test, and update sites. One of the difficulties of working as a front-end engineer is that work might take place on weekends or include long hours, especially when problems arise on the websites.

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