Web application engineers and developers are some of the best entry-level jobs, according to new data from WalletHubwhich compared 109 entry-level jobs on 13 metrics.
These metrics included starting salary, number of job openings, projected job growth by 2026, median annual salary, and more. Unlike other studies, which typically focus exclusively on salary and job availability, WalletHub also looked at the risks of each occupation, specifically overwork and “fatal work injuries per 100,000 employees over the three last years”.
System engineer came first on WalletHub’s list, followed by engineer, electrical engineer, hardware engineer, and web application developer. Other technical jobs including database administrator and network engineerwas also on the list.
According to Dice Salary Calculator, a web application developer in San Francisco with a single year of experience can expect to make up to $79,500 per year, before you factor in hard-earning income-generating skills. In a city that isn’t considered a tech hub, like Boise, that salary can drop to between $43,000 and $60,000 a year, which is still pretty good for somewhere with a lower cost of living.
Of course, compensation goes beyond salaries, and in an effort to attract the right talent, tech companies across the country are offering a variety of perks in addition to money. According to the company, this entry-level web application developer can expect everything from flexible hours to stock options. Those who specialize have even more bargaining power in the right context.
And as web application developers progress in their career, their salary inevitably increases. Those with five years of experience can expect to make $85,000 (on average) in San Francisco; in a place like Boise, it’s $67,000. Again, this base salary does not reflect other incentives that companies often offer to professionals.
For entry-level engineers, salaries are just as high: $84,000 in San Francisco, $59,000 in Kansas City (which, like Boise, has a lower cost of living and a different tech industry profile than Bay Area). Keep in mind that engineers are a diverse group and salaries and compensation can vary wildly depending on factors such as sub-industry and skill set.
For tech professionals fresh out of school with a stellar degree, data like this is good news: With tech unemployment low and companies actively seeking talent, many graduates have the possibility of quickly landing a dynamite position.