Application Developer Salary

Pay for Application Developers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K per year. Total cash compensation to Application Developers approaches anywhere from $43K on the lower end to $100K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by tenure and geographic location. Application Developers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction for Application Developers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$44,142 - $94,053
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$44K
$65K
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MEDIAN: $64,938
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$16.35 - $60.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,142 - $94,053  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,908  
Profit Sharing
$495.18 - $7,061  
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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$43,487 - $100,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,622
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.35 - $60.26  
   
Overtime
$21.28 - $54.65  
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 - $9,908  
   
Profit Sharing
$495.18 - $7,061  
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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$43,487 - $100,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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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Application Developers do not often transition into Senior Software Engineer roles. The role averages $105K per year. Application Developers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Application Developers or Software Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $27K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Application Developer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Application Developers include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Intel Corporation, IBM Global Services, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Although Intel Corporation offers the highest salaries (median pay is $81K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $71K to $104K. Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($81K), Allstate Insurance Company ($75K), and AT&T Inc. ($73K).

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary 75 percent lower than the top payer ($46K). A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include CGI Federal ($48K), Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company ($50K), and IBM Global Services ($55K).

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Application Developers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 between 14 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++, PHP, and VB.Net. Those familiar with .NET also tend to 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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $59K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $75K. On average, Application Developers make $84K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Application Developers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in Richmond (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Des Moines is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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National Average
$67,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 508 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%
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