As a C-level startup executive, your main concern is to develop a neat and performant app that delivers value in the shortest time possible. The key word here is “neat,” as no user will stick with an app that’s bulky or slow.
Which is where you’d be wrong.
Some better news? You don’t have to pay the earth if you’re willing to broaden your horizons.
Hired’s 2021 State of Software Engineers report states that more than half of all open positions in 2020 were for frontend and backend software developers with JS expertise.
Such high demand has forced industry players to increase developer salaries in order to attract talent.
What’s more, our research on the average Node.js developer salary uncovered some uncomfortable data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It turns out that in 2020, employers spent nearly 30% on worker benefits and compensations—over and above their stated salaries.
The takeaway? Be prepared to pay between $78,000 and $120,000 a year for a good JS developer in the US. Keep in mind, though, that the average salary also changes across the country.
Let’s take a look at the difference you can expect.
While these numbers are impressive by themselves, don’t forget that they should also be increased by 30% to cover worker compensations.
Now let’s look at the situation in different US cities, as per PayScale.
As you can see, hiring in major IT hubs is… well, expensive. Moving your R&D to other states is one way out, but it’s not the only one.
Let’s take a peek at what happens when you look further afield.
Outsourcing to European contractors is popular with US startups who want to ensure high product quality while reducing costs.
Is it possible to reduce your expenses even more? Of course—if you decide to hire in Eastern Europe.
Eastern Europe has a much lower cost of living, which translates to much more affordable developer salaries. Here are the average salaries for Poland (from nofluffjobs.com), Ukraine (from djinni.co), and Romania (from Glassdoor).
But is it safe and reliable?
The short answer is yes: Ukrainian and Polish developers are making quite a name for themselves as an IT outsourcing hub with high-quality deliverables. Polish and Ukrainian companies also feature regularly as top choices in IT outsourcing ratings.
With such a big difference in pay, you obviously need to get clear on your exact needs to avoid over-spending.
Here’s a brief summary of the difference between the skills of junior, mid-level, and senior JS developers:
- A junior JS developer must be able to utilize basic ECMAScript functions to transform project requirements into a set of data structures and actions. They should also be focused on learning mid-level skills.
- A mid-level JS developer should be able to quickly design and implement any type of JS scenario for your app’s front and back end. They should also be able to train junior developers.
- A senior JS developer will work as an app architect and propose solutions that create the most value for your app’s end users.
Another key question is, should you hire a software engineer yourself or work with a remote specialist or team? The choice is up to you, of course. You might want to hire someone in-house, or you might decide to outsource this task to a reliable technology partner like Altigee.
As a well-established web development agency, we’re ready to provide JS experts at all levels that will help you complete your projects on time and within budget. Say hello to us today, and let’s get talking about your project needs!