Application Developers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $67K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $46K and hits $102K on the high end. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,055 - $96,976  
   
Bonus
$350.34 - $10,061  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,375  
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$45,859 - $102,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,073
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$17.87 - $57.90  
   
Overtime
$21.49 - $62.51  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$350.34 - $10,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,375  
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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$45,859 - $102,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 218

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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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As Application Developers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Software Engineers earn $108K on average 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 $27K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Application Developer


Application Developers flock to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., AT&T Inc., United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and Intel Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) pays the most with a median salary of $91K, though there is little variation overall ($67K to $113K). Those in search of high salaries should also consider U.S. Bank, Equifax Inc, and Intel Corporation, top-paying firms where Application Developers rake in a respectable $85K, $74K, or $72K, respectively.

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $41K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company at $54K, and CGI Group Inc. where $54K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Application Developers there earn up to $77K.

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Application Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Oracle, ASP.NET, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++ and VB.Net. It is often found that people who know .NET are also skilled in 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Application Developers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $79K. Application Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. 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 $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,740

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For Application Developers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Tampa (+11 percent). Overland Park ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 320 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Application Developer Salaries




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$68,000


Skills That Affect Application Developer Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 320 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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