Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $53K per year. The greater proportion of employees (38 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of around $79K annually.
Software Apps Development Managers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $102K per year on average; Programmer Analysts are next on the list, bringing in close to $78K, followed by .NET Software Developers earning approximately $72K and Application Developers making about $52K. IT Business Analysts make an average $48K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $80K annually) can be spotted in Denver, Colo.; Minneapolis, Minn. ($79K), Jacksonville, Fla. ($76K), and San Diego, Calif. (approximately $73K) are the next top-paying cities. Sharon, Pa. ranks low on the pay scale — at about $53K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, Lender Processing Services pays its Colorado employees the most; the pay rate there is approximately $80K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Microsoft Certified Application Developers, who make about $76K annually. Becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make $67K on average. Lender Processing Services compensates Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS)-holders the most at $100K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Visual Basic; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $102K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is C#; roughly two-fifths deem it necessary for work. Many workers are also familiar with .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and ASP.NET.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The vast majority of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all survey participants, and for almost all employees, dental coverage is too. Privileges also include a casual working environment, a stock purchase plan, optional telecommute / work from home, flexible hours, and life insurance.