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For anyone who is working as a web developer/designer, how much did you make per hour upon entry? I just want to have a good estimation of what I'll be expecting out of College

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Originally Posted by Xvengence;13768091 
For anyone who is working as a web developer/designer, how much did you make per hour upon entry? I just want to have a good estimation of what I'll be expecting out of College

well, first find an employer and depending on how long you went to college
i say= 45-69,0004 yr.
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Your skillset is what will determine your pay. I have hired many web developers/designers and honestly, college degree will help you get an interview, but if you have the right skills and can show them than it really is irrelevant to getting the job.

If you can do the programming/development side you will make a lot more, less if you just design and do frontend html/css type stuff. If you can do both, you are golden smile.gif

Pay can range anywhere from $15 - $30 per hour starting out but unless you have some pretty good skills you are going to definitely be looking at the lower end of that to start out. This is also dictated by where you live, and can vary widely.

If you have some demonstrateable (word?) work, like sites you have done freelance or even if you have done it for yourself, it can be huge and will bump up that possible starting salary.

If you are good and get lots of experience, you can eventually earn a lot of money as a web developer. Freelance for experienced devs can run up to $100/hr and more.
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Pay is going to be based heavily on geographical location as well. A web dev from Indiana won't get paid half of what a web dev in NYC would make. Let us know where you are looking for employment. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by corky dorkelson;13772541 
Pay is going to be based heavily on geographical location as well. A web dev from Indiana won't get paid half of what a web dev in NYC would make. Let us know where you are looking for employment. tongue.gif

This is very true. Near Philadelphia as a programmer I get paid more than twice what I would have where I used to live near Scranton, PA. Although I'm salaried it still holds true for hourly.
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unfortunately im from Vancouver, BC Canada haha =(

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A lot of good points were made in this thread, but this one stands out:
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Originally Posted by glakr;13772502 
If you can do the programming/development side you will make a lot more, less if you just design and do frontend html/css type stuff. If you can do both, you are golden smile.gif

Another thing is to create a personal/blog site with some fancy features to show off.
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Vancouver has a pretty bid web development community with lots of cool agencies if I am not mistaken. I would think you could find a good job there if you know your stuff. Went to Web Directions North conference up there a few years back and met a lot of people doing good work up there and working for what seemed like good companies.
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I was wondering about this myself. I got an associates degree in web design and to be honest the coursework I took was a complete joke. I didn't learn a damn thing. I learned nothing that could be used in the real world. I was expecting to learn mysql, php and the sorts but nope. Just the html basics.

When I graduated I knew I was in trouble finding a job. I poked around a bit but with nothing to show for myself I ended up getting a job at the local grocery store. Stuck with it and worked my way up to assistant store manager.

Now the question I have is.. are most web devs self taught? Could I go back to school and maybe try to dig myself out of this hole I got myself into? Or whats the best way to go about this? I just turned 27 and I dont see myself doing the whole grocery bizz for the next 35 years
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I was wondering about this myself. I got an associates degree in web design and to be honest the coursework I took was a complete joke. I didn't learn a damn thing. I learned nothing that could be used in the real world. I was expecting to learn mysql, php and the sorts but nope. Just the html basics.

A majority of college classes are exactly that, a scam.

When I graduated I knew I was in trouble finding a job. I poked around a bit but with nothing to show for myself I ended up getting a job at the local grocery store. Stuck with it and worked my way up to assistant store manager.

Now the question I have is.. are most web devs self taught? Could I go back to school and maybe try to dig myself out of this hole I got myself into? Or whats the best way to go about this? I just turned 27 and I dont see myself doing the whole grocery bizz for the next 35 years

Learn the front-end stuff yourself with the links below. However, if you want to learn some back-end stuff such as databases, you probably do want to go to college.

I was blessed to find the job, boss(es), and environment of my dreams and have enjoyed every moment of it. They paid for me to learn HTML/CSS/JavaScript and then threw me into the waters. From there, I've gone on to learn how to transform XML with XSLT, create accessible designs (so people with disabilities such as blindness can "read" the site with technology like screen readers), give tutorials in a professional way to a small group of people, and test for bugs at an efficient pace. I'm probably missing dozens of things, but that's the jist of it.

Plus, I've been put on the team for re-designing our blogging/forum software. biggrin.gif
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