11 Steps To A Higher Starting Salary For Web Developers

Boost your chances of increasing your starting salary if you are a new web developer by following these simple 11 steps. Show potential employers that you are worth the salary that you are asking for by being prepared in advance.

Though being a web developer is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers both professionally and financially, being a developer can get demanding. It would behoove the new coder just getting started to take this into account when trying to determine a rough starting salary.

If you are going to subject yourself to the rigors of a mentally taxing career, you might as well get paid handsomely for it right?

With that being said, here are 11 steps that you can take to command a higher starting salary as a new web developer.

  1. Know What Technologies Are Currently In Demand. By knowing what technologies are currently popular, you can get an idea of what professional web developers are using in the industry. Some of the basic core technologies used by web developers are:
  2. Make Sure You Have A Portfolio
    Having a portfolio shows that you have a body of work to demonstrate your skills. Recruiters, managers and clients are going to want see examples of your work so it is good to make sure that you have something to show.
  3. Git Your Code On The Web
    If you plan on going up for a position that entails programming, make sure that you have coding examples on GitHub. Most hiring managers and team members are going to want to peruse your work. Reading a developer’s code helps us to get a sense of their style and programming sophistication.
  4. Setup a profile on LinkedIn
    LinkedIn is the go-to destination for employers, recruiters and other web developers. Having a LinkedIn account will allow others to reach out to you with possible work opportunities, it also opens up your prospects for networking with others.
  5. Create Or Update Your Resume
    If you haven’t done so already, create your resume and if possible have someone review it for you. If you already a resume, make sure that it is up to date. Also make sure that you include your contact information and links to:

    An even better idea is to make your resume available from a link entitled ‘Resume’ from the navigation bar on your website. You should make the document downloadable as a .PDF or .DOC file. That way if a recruiter ask you for a copy, you can point them to your website and quickly fetch a copy without you having to do anything.
    An even better idea is to make your resume available from a link entitled ‘Resume’ from the navigation bar on your website. You should make the document downloadable as a .PDF or .DOC file. That way if a recruiter ask you for a copy, you can point them to your website and quickly fetch a copy without you having to do anything.

  6. Read Job Descriptions Before You Apply
    I can not emphasize this enough, make sure you read the job description before you apply. There is nothing worse than receiving email from recruiters who have sent me job requisitions for jobs that do not relate to my skills. Same goes for hiring managers, they are busy and do not want to receive resumes from unqualified candidates.
  7. Shop Your Resume To Recruiters / Employers
    So you have found some jobs that you think that you are a good fit for, great! You are now ready to shop your resume to recruiters and employers. Thankfully, applying for jobs in this day is relatively straight forward. Most job boards let you apply for jobs by simply uploading a file or emailing a resume.Upon submitting your resume, all you have to do is sit back and let the phone ring. I will suggest getting Google Talk telephone number because many times you will be inundated with phone calls from recruiters. Some good places to submit your resume are:

  8. Research Current Rates For New Developers In Your Market
    Do some research to get an idea of what web developers are making in your market. When you talk to the recruiters they are going to ask you what your rate is or what you want in terms of a starting salary. Don’t be afraid to ask to for the higher rate or salary, the most that they can say is no. One thing to keep in mind is that the recruiters will be taking a cut of your pay, which means that they can afford to take LESS and pay you MORE.You do the work not them so it is only fair. Some of the more popular resources to research starting salaries are:

    The amount that web developers make per hour varies so be sure to factor in this in when determining your amount.

  9. Research Companies Before You Interview
    The time will come when you will eventually get a callback for a telephone interview or a face to face interview. Make sure that you research the company and understand what they do. Research their competitors and some of their main products or services. You will get bonus points with the interviewer if you can identify some of the technologies that power their website. One other thing that you might want to do is research what the starting salary is for similar positions in the company if possible.
  10. Crush Your Interview By Knowing What To Say To Hiring Managers
    I will be the first to admit, I had no idea what it took to interview well. Nobody ever taught me, until someone pointed it out to me. After watching some videos by Don Georgivich, I learned that I was doing it all wrong. Good thing that happened for the both of us because I learned how to interview and I am sharing my experience so that you will be prepared. A good resource to learn about what to expect is my article 15 Interview Questions Every Web Developer Should Know. This is a good primer on what to expect during your interview. You may also want to peruseĀ  5 Tips for Hiring a Great Web Developer which talks about what hiring managers should look for during the search and hiring process for web developers.
  11. Be Confident
    The most important thing that you can do to command a higher starting salary is to be confident. Companies want to see leadership and decisiveness and they are willing to pay for it, within reason.



My First jQuery Widget

Tonight I created my first jQuery widget utilizing the widget factory. For now I am calling the widget ‘Cinch’ but that is just until I can get the domain secured (I am too tired to do it right now). The widget is a simple element animated flyout.

I have to yet to make own widget for a few different reasons but one in particular is not having the need to do so. I figured since I am trying to drum up some extra business, it would be advantageous to start showcasing my skills publicly through GitHub and Codepen.

jQuery is a library that I use frequently so I think that it is pretty cool that I am finally creating widgets of my own. I seen a great meter tutorial on tutsplus that I am thinking about implementing to practice on.

Sometime over the weekend I will be posting a link to a demo for those who would like to check it out. Thanks for checking in! As always, I am Courtney Hall, a freelance UI/UX Web developer serving Carmel, Indianapolis and clients nationally.