What's the typical salary of a React developer? It depends on who you ask—or more specifically, where you ask.
Many job and recruitment websites publish statistics on the salaries commanded by different types of developers. But depending on which site you're looking at, you could wind up with a totally different sense of the average salary for similar roles. If you're a react developer seeking work, how much do you ask for? If you're a recruiter or hiring manager, how much do you offer?
Does the site include salaries broken down by geography? Years of experience and seniority? Can you look up pay for your specific programming language and framework, or are they all lumped into the umbrella category of "software engineer"? And how do the different sites compare to each other in terms of their earnings predictions?
To help answer these questions, we looked at six sites to see what they said React developers make and compiled them here so you don't have to bounce around to compare them yourself. If you're a React developer in the United States, or if you're looking to hire one, here's what you can expect.
The go-to instruction manual for every developer on Earth is also the most granular in the salary information it offers. Its salary calculator (based on an annual survey of tens of thousands of developers) allows users to refine results by specific technologies used, years of education, and the city they're based in, as well as offering the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles of what professionals with their qualifications can expect to make. We looked broadly at the United States for React developers with bachelor's degrees and zeroed in on the middle group of pay rates.
According to Stack Overflow, React devs looking at their first job can expect an average of $86,000, and those with 15 years of experience command $119,000. Rates go up in a predictable, linear way: each year adds between $1,000 and $3,000 more per year. In our experience, these rates seem a little high on the low end, and a little low on the high-end.
The tech jobs site Dice is less granular in what it allows users to search by. Its salary figures result from the job listings posted on its platform. It offers upper and lower ranges for salaries that we averaged into our own numbers. The site doesn't seem to be working with quite the same level of data as other sites as far as React developers go—its figures seem to flatline and jump around, with devs carrying 14 years of experience earning $750 less than those with 13 years.
Its overall numbers are starkly lower than those of the other platforms, with inexperienced React programmers bringing home $59,750 and those with 15 years of experience commanding $75,500. These numbers seem about right to us on the low end, but the high end seems oddly low.
Jobs posting site ZipRecruiter lets you search by geography, but it only allows position searches by title, not by a specific number of years of experience and education level. It also offers a distribution of pay rates from the 98th to the 2nd percentiles. We looked at the average in the United States for both senior developers (who ZipRecruiter estimates make an average of $138,517) and non-senior devs ($108,175).
Glassdoor, which lets people not only look for jobs but browse ratings of companies based on different criteria, also possesses a fairly comprehensive salary calculator that lets users refine searches based on job title, location, and different ranges of experience—for example, 0-1 years, 1-3 years, etc. Like the other sites, it also publishes high and low estimates of what job seekers can expect to earn. We looked at the average salaries for React developers in the general United States, and we searched for Senior React Developers when we crossed the 4-6-years-of-experience mark.
Glassdoor predicts a much wider range than the other sites: it anticipates entry-level React devs to earn $63,473, and senior devs with 15 years of experience or more to bring home $118,432.
PayScale maintains a comprehensive database of compensation across a wide range of jobs. Its filters are almost bewilderingly granular: compensation is searched for not just via job title, skillset (including programming language), geography, years of experience, and education, but also the type of organization, certificates acquired, current employment status and so on. Luckily, these aren't all optional, but choosing a city—rather than the United States at large—is. Our hypothetical dev is looking for work in Austin, Texas, has a Bachelor's Degree, and is looking at openings for "Front End Developer/ Engineer" with an emphasis on React.
Each result yields a range of salaries from the 10th and 90th percentiles. We averaged the two for each year of experience. At the lower end with one year of experience, devs can expect about $71,500 (the platform doesn't allow searches for 0 years—entry-level devs can expect, well, less) and those at the higher end of seniority $126,500.
Jobs platform Indeed is one of the most anemic tools to search for, stripping away options for technical language, and seniority and only allowing for more generic job titles and geographic choices. In fact, unlike other services, a city is not optional, it's required. We looked at salaries for a Front End Developer in Austin. The result, $108,374, hugs the middle of many of the other sites' predictions, and we think it correlates with a dev who has 4-6 years of experience under their belt, so your mileage may vary more with this metric than with most.
Estimates varied widely across sites we reviewed, but here’s a summary of what a React developer can expect to earn, depending on years of experience:
We combined years of experience and averaged them out to get a figure for each year range (for example, the salary of a React dev on Stack Overflow at 0 years and at 1 year were averaged to get its figure for those with 0-1 years of experience). We extrapolated ZipRecruiter's numbers for senior developers across various years where one could expect to work a senior position. Those higher figures in the lower years of experience also work to offset Dice's anomalously low predictions. Since Indeed only allows for a rudimentary search, its number only felt applicable to mid-level devs.
Overall, junior React developers earn about $70,000, and senior react developers earn about $116,000.
All of this can shift on a number of factors: location, company size and type, the nature of the projects the company is hiring for, and perhaps most importantly, how badly the company needs to fill the role. And that's to say nothing of stock options, as well as benefits and the incalculable currency of company culture. Also, keep in mind that these numbers are averages, which means that roughly 50% of developers will earn more than the average, and 50% will earn less.
But if you're an HR director just getting your bearings or a dev wondering what you’re worth salary-wise, this information above is a good place to start.
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