Application Developer Salary

Median pay for Application Developers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $67K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $46K and hits $103K on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career duration and geographic location are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,129 - $97,453
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$67K
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MEDIAN: $66,705
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$18.04 - $56.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,129 - $97,453  
   
Bonus
$408.51 - $10,090  
Profit Sharing
$495.89 - $10,326  
Total Pay (?
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$45,955 - $102,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,992
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $56.14  
   
Overtime
$20.98 - $61.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$408.51 - $10,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$495.89 - $10,326  
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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$45,955 - $102,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Application Developer


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Application Developers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Software Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $108K annually. Career advancement for the typical Application Developer often leads to becoming a Senior Application Developer or a Software Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $27K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Application Developer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Application Developers, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., AT&T Inc., and Intel Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Pay for Application Developers is best at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), which offers a median salary of $93K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $71K to $114K. Application Developers will also find cushy salaries at U.S. Bank (+$85K), Allstate Insurance Company (+$75K), and Equifax Inc (+$74K).

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. — the median salary comes to just $42K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, CGI Group Inc., and IBM Global Services also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $54K, $54K, and $55K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Survey takers working as Application Developers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Oracle, ASP.NET, and ASP.NET Framework are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Application Developers. The average beginner in this position makes around $61K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $80K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $92K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,628

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Application Developers, 29 percent above the national average. Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Cincinnati and Des Moines earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Application Developer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Application Developer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Application Developer Salaries

▲37%

▲28%

▲18%

National Average
$68,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Application Developer Salaries

▲7%

▲5%

▲2%

JavaScript
▼0%

ASP.NET Framework
▼0%

National Average
$68,000

▼1%

▼1%

C#
▼2%



▼2%

▼2%

SQL
▼3%

▼3%

C++
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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