Application Developer Salary

For Application Developers, yearly average wages total $66K annually. Total cash earnings of Application Developers range from $45K on the low end to $101K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $8K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by years of experience and location. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Application Developers (82 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Application Developers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$45,112 - $95,238
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$45K
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MEDIAN: $65,670
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$17.41 - $59.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,112 - $95,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,942  
Profit Sharing
$489.81 - $8,207  
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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$44,510 - $101,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,065
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.41 - $59.83  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $55.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,942  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.81 - $8,207  
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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$44,510 - $101,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Software Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $106K annually. Application Developers most often move into positions as Senior Application Developers or Software Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $27K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Application Developer


Many Application Developers can be found at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Intel Corporation, AT&T Inc., and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $82K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $59K to $108K. Also paying near the top of the field are Intel Corporation at $80K, Equifax Inc at $74K, and State Street Corporation, where Application Developers annually earn $74K.

CGI Federal offers the least pay with a median salary of $48K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $64K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $50K, and CGI Group Inc. where $51K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Application Developers there earn up to $79K.

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Oracle, PL/SQL, and ASP.NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $76K. Application Developers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $84K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,257

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Application Developers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Des Moines, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 6 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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ASP.NET
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Microsoft SQL Server
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HTML
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jQuery
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National Average
$67,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 511 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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