Application Developer Salary

Median pay for Application Developers in the United States is around $65K annually. Overall cash earnings for Application Developers stretch from $44K on the lower end to $100K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and location. The vast majority (83 percent) of Application Developers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most Application Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance.

$44,266 - $94,047
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$44K
$65K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,006
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$16.51 - $59.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,266 - $94,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,919  
Profit Sharing
$495.67 - $7,826  
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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$43,596 - $100,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $59.93  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $54.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$495.67 - $7,826  
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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$43,596 - $100,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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. Typical career progression for an Application Developer involves becoming a Senior Application Developer or a Software Engineer, roles that pay $27K more and $9K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Application Developer


Application Developers fill the offices of leading firms J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Intel Corporation, IBM Global Services, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Intel Corporation offers the best pay with a median salary of $81K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $71K and maxing out at just $104K. Soaring salaries can also be found at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Allstate Insurance Company, and AT&T Inc., where earnings of $81K, $75K, or $73K are standard for Application Developers.

With a median employee salary of $47K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. pays significantly less than its competitors (72 percent less than the top paying company). CGI Federal, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and IBM Global Services also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $48K, $50K, and $55K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Application Developers report using 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 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++, PHP, and VB.Net. The majority of those 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.


For many Application Developers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $59K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $75K. Application Developers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $84K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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 (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). In Des Moines, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 6 percent less, 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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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 505 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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