Web developers, mobile designers may see biggest salary jump in 2017

Dive Brief:

  • Front end web developers are expected to see a 7.2% salary jump in 2017, according to new research from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. Mobile designers follow closely behind, with an expected 6.8% salary increase.

  • Data scientists, user experience designers, Big Data engineers, network security engineers, content strategists and software engineers rounded out the top eight positions expected to see significant salary growth this year, according to the 2017 Salary Guides.

  • Even though design is coming to the fore, data still reigns in the enterprise. Data scientists and Big Data engineers are expected to make the most in 2017, according to Robert Half. Data scientists top out at $163,500 and Big Data engineers can expect up to $196,000 annually.

Dive Insight:

As demand for tech skills continues to rise, it’s not surprising that salaries will continue to trend upward. Overall, base compensation in the technology and creative fields is expected to increase 3.8% and 3.6%, respectively.

Front End Web Developers tend to start lower on the salary scale, but demand for those skills may be increasing, as indicated by the 7.2% expected salary jump. The average starting salary for a front ­end web developer with 1-­3 years of experience is expected to range from $56,500 to $80,500. The same could be said for mobile designers, who can expect starting salaries between $80,000 and $121,500. 

As far as data is concerned, Big Data engineer and data scientist duties are often similar and may even overlap. But the overarching goal of both roles involves figuring out what to do with the data companies collect and how to use that data to advance enterprise capabilities and offerings.

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