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Application Developer Salary

Application Developers in the United States take home approximately $65K annually on average. Total incomes of Application Developers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $44K and $100K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but career duration and geographic location are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Application Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Application Developers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,304 - $94,102
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$44K
$65K
$94K
MEDIAN: $64,952
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$16.25 - $60.84
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,304 - $94,102  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,901  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $7,276  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,577 - $100,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.25 - $60.84  
   
Overtime
$21.28 - $54.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,901  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $7,276  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,577 - $100,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264

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Job Description for Application Developer

Application developers help companies keep up with the latest technologies and developments on the web. As online technology becomes increasingly important, all types of businesses are seeking application developers--from banks to universities, news channels to hospitals. These applications (or apps) can be used on smartphones, computers, tablets and more. As such, application developers must be able to create, develop, manage and maintain new programs and software. These tasks require an excellent knowledge of programming, HTML, all sorts of developer software, in many cases Linus, and experience with relational databases.

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Application Developer Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software.
  • Design and develop application components.
  • Test and document software.
  • Analyze requirements and transform them into technical designs.

Common Career Paths for Application Developer


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Though it's uncommon, some Application Developers move into roles as Senior Software Engineers, where pay is an average $105K per year. It is quite typical for Application Developers to transition into roles as Senior Application Developers or Software Engineers, where reported median earnings are $26K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Application Developer


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Cigna Corporation, and Sprint Nextel Corporation are top-notch employers for Application Developers in this area. Intel Corporation offers the best pay with a median salary of $83K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $72K and maxing out at just $119K. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Allstate Insurance Company, and AT&T Inc. also offer top salaries for Application Developers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $80K, $75K, and $73K, respectively.

76 percent less than the top paying company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers a median salary of just $47K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at CGI Federal ($48K), Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company ($50K), and IBM Global Services ($55K).

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Oracle, PL/SQL, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++, PHP, and VB.Net. Most people who know .NET also know ASP.NET and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Application Developer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Application Developers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $59K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. Application Developers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $84K. Application Developers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Application Developers, 19 percent above the national average. Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Richmond (+19 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Des Moines is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis (7 percent less).

Application Developer Reviews

What is it like working as an Application Developer?

Application Developer in Indianapolis:
"Desk job, lots of problem solving & code writing."
Pros: Interesting work, rapidly changing industry. Challenging day to day work.
Cons: Seated indoors all day. Fairly stressful environment when under a tight deadline.

Application Developer in Fords:
"Stressful At Times But Moderate Learning."
Pros: Flexibility of working hours.
Cons: Stereotypical work and very less chance to learn new technologies.

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Experience Affects Application Developer Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Application Developer Salaries

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Microsoft SQL Server
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HTML
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National Average
$67,000

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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 525 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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