Junior vs Mid vs Senior level developers (THE DIFFERENCES)

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19 Comments on “Junior vs Mid vs Senior level developers (THE DIFFERENCES)”

  1. The other thing to remember is that companies will always need people to convert code from one code base to another, so as long as you are realatively smart you can get spun up on the latest tech.

  2. I think that what makes you Senior level has less to do with the technology and much more to do with design patterns, clean code, and sheer experience. Although I agree if you dont completely know a stack you can be behind but you have the coumpounding force of years of knowledge that will make you much more valuable than a junior at doing the same job (if you are good). Smart employers hire for these raw skills if the unicorn cant be found.

  3. These Salary numbers you mentioned. Are these Utah salaries? I live in NYC so here they must be 20k to 30k more

  4. in miami:
    jr -> $0 ~ $24k
    mid -> $33K ~ $40K
    senior -> $45 ~ $55K
    $60K or more , they tell you only if you can walk on water, if you can't you don't deserve a salary of over $60K

  5. where are these salary number based on? these seem really extremely low, are these salaries based in mid west area or other less populated region? 80k – 100k seems to be the norm for junior level in NYC, and 130k – 200k seems to be the norm for senior engineer in NYC. Are these salaries based on some type of part time schedule?

  6. Your video is awesome, you speak of the reality a lot of developer's face nowadays, these companies expect people to be lile robots, you basically need to know all the fucking technologies in order to get a job, you will find job ads like "We need a junior developer who has at least 3 years of experience, knows at least 4 programming language plus 8 frameworks, the truth of the matter these companies want a person who can do the job of 4 people while paying you a shitty salary, they will exploit you as much as they can, and you being a junior/midlevel developer you will most probably fall for that because you have to start somewhere.

  7. Would you mind telling me what wallpapers you are using there and what you use to even get live wallpapers to begin with on windows 10 (dunno maybe it´s baked in now, didn´t pay much attention to those kinds of updates). Though, those wallpapers look seriously amazing!!! :O

  8. I'd say there's even the added dimension of front end and back end. In my team it's necessitated that the 3 of us who maintain 14 apps and are currently building 2 news ones have to be full-stack, but honestly I'm fairly useless at UI design and coding. If you toss a problem that needs multiprocessing and careful performance considerations, I will probably wipe the floor with most 4th year devs. I don't know why. I just think in cache lines and separation of concerns without effort.

    The only commonalities across our apps are the Microsoft SQL Server back ends. One is a 20-project C# monolithic beast that is everything about SOA done wrong and is responsible for the single view of HR every day, one is a C# .NET Entity Framework monolith that actually adheres to the single responsibility principle, one is a Java Spring Boot and AgularJS 1.0 front end with Spring Boot micro services, several are ColdFusion monoliths, one is just a static HTML + JQuery web page to act as a supplementary data processing app to change from one format to the other, and our newest is a JHipster monolith that is a supplemental app to our oldest and worst ColdFusion app with totally new business functionality, and that's Spring Boot + Angular 5/6.

    You can be a mid to senior-level thinker and developer and not be particularly good at any one stack depending on your years of experience and environment. You can be creative and smart enough to solve some wickedly tough problems in legacy systems and not have a ton of experience after college/uni.

    I think most of your video holds true, but at the end of the day, it's skill and confidence, not experience, that carries you through and finishes a project.

    But maybe I'm just the exception to the rule. I'm not quite 2 years into the employment game, but I've absorbed and learned and fought a lot, and I'd say I've got enough specialist background in high performance computing and distributed systems from my masters-level studies senior year, and I've had to be the sole owner of an app that determines what people get paid after yearly performance reviews in a language I didn't know existed when I left school, so you shouldn't stratify based on age in my opinion, as you said.

    And yeah, everyone in my team works 45-55-60 hour weeks because we lack the luxury of having everything in one back-end language. We have to cover for each other all the time and have to share knowledge all the time because there just isn't enough skill in the world to make up for knowledge of business process and core language weirdness.

    Love your work. Keep going.

  9. Sounds like you're a real work hound and a real salesperson. You should probably work for yourself and get rich. My girlfriend is a maybe a junior developer in what she calls the wamp stack, along with css, html, js. Freelancing, she pulled in 180k last year, without working more than 60 hrs per week (though she did outsource here and there). This was up in Boston. Point is, I imagine you'd make more than this, especially because it sounds to me you might be working more than an 80 hr week. My question is, why aren't you doing this already? (She just told me that the 180,000 is closer to 90,000 after paying for health insurance, social security, taxes, etc., Still, though.)

  10. You know you are Junior Dev when you have animated wallpapers and RGB gaming keyboard. Booom 😉

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