Web developers and web designers often get morphed into one job category and people do not understand the difference. The two jobs are best described by using the “left brain/right brain” description. Left-brain workers are thought of as web developers because the skills they showcase are logic, mathematics, science skills, lists and language. Web designers, on the other hand, are called right-brain workers because they have spatial awareness, creativity, dimension, and imagination.
In terms of income, web developer’s median salary is around $85,430 with about 1,330,000 jobs available; web designers median income is about $47,830 with about 200,500 jobs available. The difference in money is developers have to be fluent in different languages of code to keep a website functioning. A designer can make a site look wonderful, but if it is not functioning or loading correctly- companies will switch to another site quickly. However, web designers have to be so creative and put so much work into sites that a pay raise is much more likely than it is for developers.
At the end of the day, web developers and web designers are two different jobs working towards one goal- create a website (or app) that lures people to use it.