From social media managers to senior developers, here's what tech employees in Colorado actually make

April 19, 2016

Here at Built In Colorado, we want to help startups find amazing talent — and we want talented developers, designers, marketers and product managers to find the perfect job, too.

The job you have isn't all about the money — but, let's be real, it's still sort of about the money. It'd be silly to think anyone works simply for the heck of it. 

If you're considering a job in tech, preparing to ask for a raise or just want to know how much people in Colorado startups get paid, you've come to the right place. We interviewed local startups and tech companies about how much they pay their employees and have compiled it into a nifty salary guide breaking down ranges for some of Colorado tech's most common roles:


Backend Developer

Salary: $90,000 to $110,000

Backend developers must be able to efficiently design, build and deploy software applications. They work closely with other software developers, QA Engineers, product managers, sales representatives, marketers and executives to fine-tune software features to the needs of customers. 

  • Build efficient and scalable software
  • Identify and address performance issues
  • Participate in design and code review sessions
  • Identify and prototype best practices for backend engineering
  • Skilled at performance debugging and benchmarking

Skills: .NET, Android (Java), C#, DevOps, iOS (Objective-C), Java, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Python, quality assurance, Ruby, API best practices

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Front End Developer

Salary: $95,000 to $115,000

Front end development is where software design meets the user. Good front end developers build websites, apps and software programs that not only perform technically well, but are also easy to use. They work closely with the product development team, UX designers and the engineering team to craft the software closest to the user.

  • Implement interactive front end features and graphic designs
  • Write clean and high-performance code 
  • Collaborate with the engineering and other departments in an agile software development environment
  • Work with designers turning wireframes and mockups into the real thing
  • Architect and build scalable, maintainable, testable, and reusable applications

Skills: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, web browsers 

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Mobile Engineer

Salary: $90,000 to $120,000

There’s an app for almost everything these days: mobile engineers are the people who build them. Whether on iOS, Android or Windows, mobile engineers are putting the next generation of computing in our pockets. They must be able to work with a diverse set of team members, have a strong understanding of UX and be up-to-date on the rapidly evolving mobile application space.
  • Develop, release and maintain mobile applications
  • Collaborate on software projects with project managers, UX designers, backend developers and QA engineers
  • Participate in design and code reviews
  • Knowledgeable of agile software development and other methods
  • Strong understanding of user experience best practices

Skills: HTML, CSS, Javascript, iOS SDK, Android SDK, Windows SDK, agile software development, APIs, Objective-C

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Senior Backend Developer / Senior Software Engineer

Salary: $110,000 to $130,000

Senior Backend Developers must be able to efficiently design, build and deploy software applications. They work closely with other software developers, QA Engineers, product managers, sales representatives, marketers and executives to fine-tune software features to the needs of customers. 

  • Build efficient and scalable software
  • Identify and address performance issues
  • Participate in design and code review sessions
  • Identify and prototype best practices for backend engineering
  • Skilled at performance debugging and benchmarking
Skills: .NET, Android (Java),C#, DevOps, iOS (Objective-C), Java, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Python, quality assurance, Ruby, API best practices

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Inside Sales 

Salary: $45,000 to $60,000 

Inside sales representatives are the first part of the sales process. Whether it is responding to inbound emails and phone calls or sending outbound emails and phone calls, inside sales representatives must be good at starting a conversation cold and then warming it up to be passed to sales representatives or account managers.

  • Follow up and qualify on inbound leads and phone calls
  • Reach out to prospective customers via emails and phone calls
  • Handle large scale email campaigns in coordination with the marketing team
  • Assist customers in their purchase decisions with product demonstrations, technical sales support, and best practices
  • Build the funnel of qualified sales leads for the rest of the sales team

Skills: Phone sales, email sales, understanding of the sales process, email marketing, persistence, strong speaking abilities

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Account Manager

Salary: $45,000 to $70,000

Account managers keep customers happy. Happy customers keep buying. Positioned between the product team and sales team, account managers work to improve customer relations by helping them with their existing products and upselling additional helpful products or features.

  • Responsible for all customer communications, conflict resolution, and compliance
  • Manage contracts and customer billing communications
  • Monitor customer activity, analyze performance, and suggest areas of improvement
  • Upsell features to customers to increase revenues
  • Resolve customer problems with customer support and engineering teams 

Skills: Sales, customer support, ability to understand technical subjects

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Account Executive / Sales Representative

Salary: $55,000 to $75,000

In front of every successful company is an army of good sales representatives. In an era of increasingly complex digital services and products, the art of sales has become ever more sophisticated. Modern sales representatives not only have to have the gift of gab, but also an ability to quickly learn new technologies and work with marketing, product and engineering teams. They must be outgoing, but also introspective enough to organize their sales efforts for efficiency. 
  • Build, grow and manage a pipeline of accounts. 
  • Create new customers by cultivating new relationships and regularly setting up product demos.
  • Engage and respond to existing accounts by scheduling check-ins and also customer service inquiries
  • Research trends and best practices, read business publications, seek out learning and development opportunities and utilize internal resources
  • Work with engineering and customer service to provide feedback and stay updated on the product's latest features and benefits

Skills: Selling, product demonstration, CRM, marketing, customer service

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Sales Director

Salary: $90,000 to $130,000

As manager of the sales team, sales directors are key to driving higher sales growth. Sales directors set the tone of sales campaigns and keep an eye on company interaction with customers. Behind any successful sales team is a manager supporting and directing.

  • Effectively articulate the value proposition to senior-level stakeholders and make internal recommendations to support its evolution
  • Cold call, prospect and lead generation activity to develop an ongoing pipeline of opportunities
  • Develop sales process and cadence that leads to more efficient company-wide selling over time
  • Meet quarterly and annual sales quotas while contributing to the larger business development and marketing efforts of the team
  • Help develop sales materials like brochures, case studies, and website copy with the marketing team

Skills: Sales, management, email marketing, sales strategy, lead generation

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Data Scientist

Salary: $130,000 to $160,000 

Most companies are swimming in a sea of data. It's the job of data scientist to distill that data into actionable information. Using statistics, analytical software and a savvy understanding of user behavior data scientist find ways for companies to improve their performance.

  • Knowledge of statistics, machine learning, and probability models
  • Ability to use software to tease out patterns in the data
  • Help the company better understand customers by working with backend developers, engineers, system administrators and marketers 
  • Ability to visualize and articulate data patterns to colleagues
  • Design experiments leading to a better understanding of data and how to improve its predictive ability

Skills: R, Python, Matlab, Tableau, statistics, user behavior, marketing, business best practices

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Product Manager

Salary: $90,000 to $110,000

Product managers drive development of new products for companies. It’s their responsibility to guide the process from prototype to marketable product. They work with engineers, designers, managers, marketers and customer service representatives to make sure all inputs are properly considered and, if needed, added to the product.
  • Act as champion for product success, from product requirements specifications through product release
  • Define product strategy through collaboration with internal stakeholders, customers and prospects
  • Perform technology assessments and competitive assessments, monitor industry standards and innovations
  • Release roll-out training and education for technical personnel and write technical white papers, presentations, and product announcement documents
  • Effectively coordinate and communicate with other company functions, such as development, sales, professional and technical services to ensure the product’s success

Skills: Google Analytics, A/B testing, user behavior, business best practices, agile software development, product life cycle, product launching, product positioning

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UX Designer

Salary: $85,000 to $100,000

User experience designers are responsible for improving user engagement with websites, mobile apps and software. They study the behavior of users and then use methods like A/B testing to see how changes in the design influence user behavior.

  • Design and prototype aesthetically pleasing interfaces 
  • Work closely with engineering and product teams to define and develop new features
  • Help create a beautiful and modern application that targeted customers enjoy using
  • Test new features on users and optimize design around results

Skills: HTML, CSS, Javascript, A/B Testing, design abilities, Adobe Photoshop, Google Analytics

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Creative Director

Salary: $90,000 to $105,000

Creative directors lead the creation of marketing and sales materials. They are the mastermind behind the artistic aspects of a company’s marketing efforts. Creative directors must be knowledgeable in a variety of fields including UX, copywriting, web development, advertising and design; they must bring all those disciplines together to form a coherent brand voice.
  • Own the voice of a brand through a variety of channels, including print, web and email distribution
  • Work closely with sales, marketing, web development teams to produce new materials
  • Design and execute a brand strategy
  • Write copy for websites, advertisements and social media
  • Keen sense of branding 

Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat Pro, HTML, CSS, copy writing, web development, advertising

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Marketing Manager

Salary: $65,000 to $85,000

Marketing managers must be fluent in a whole range of branding and outreach methods, from social media to print advertising. Using a variety of methods marketing managers create a strategy to advertise their company’s brand, then execute that plan by managing a team of marketers, advertising partners and PR representatives.

  • Create marketing strategy to most effectively sell products & services
  • Execute marketing strategy
  • Coordinate with marketing, advertising partners, PR represenatives and sales team
  • Market research products and competitors
  • Periodically access ROI on marketing efforts

Skills: Marketing research, strategic planning, social media, advertising, messaging, personnel management

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Digital Marketing Associate / Content Manager

Salary: $60,000 to $80,000

A Digital Marketing Associate knows how to tell a company’s story. This person is part digital marketer, part journalist and part social media expert. Digital marketers must boil down their company’s marketing into copy people will appreciate engaging with.

  • Write copy for websites, press releases, blog posts and advertisements
  • Engage community through social media content 
  • Create video and other multi-media content
  • Analyze and improve website SEO
  • Manage company websites with content management systems like Wordpress

Skills: Wordpress, HTML, CSS, AP Style Guide, knowledge of Google Ad Words, SEO, Adobe Suite

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Social Media Manager

Salary: $50,000 to $70,000

To many customers, social media managers are effectively the public face of a company. In addition to executing social media strategies, building brand awareness and spreading the news about new features, products and initiatives, social media managers take feedback, field questions from the public and direct customers to sales and service representatives. In short — they’re a company’s finger on the market’s pulse.
  • Develop and execute social media strategies
  • Write copy for social media
  • Source photos, video and other multimedia
  • Track and respond to customer feedback
Skills: Photoshop, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, brand strategy, copywriting, analytics, SEO
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Note: The above salary ranges represent numbers for digital tech companies in Colorado. Hiring managers at Colorado tech companies were surveyed to obtain this information. Salaries will vary across industries, companies and locations. Salary is also dependent on company size, employee experience and the negotiating ability of the employers and applicants.

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