Application Developer Salary
An average Application Developer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $68K annually. Total cash compensation to Application Developers approaches anywhere from $47K on the lower end to $103K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by career length and geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Application Developers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$48,208 - $98,536|
|Bonus||$306.12 - $10,161|
|Profit Sharing||$494.05 - $14,126|
|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).)
|$47,093 - $103,465|
|Hourly Rate||$18.40 - $58.50|
|Overtime||$15.32 - $60.62|
|Bonus||$306.12 - $10,161|
|Profit Sharing||$494.05 - $14,126|
|Total Pay (||$47,093 - $103,465|
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.Read More...
It is expected in most positions that application developers must be able to work quickly and meet deadlines. Working as a application developer will require collaboration with others in the web and sometimes IT department, so good people and communication skills are necessary as well. Application developers may also be responsible for managing a team, or being part of a team, so it is expected that one is eager and able to collaborate with others.
Application developers should have at least an associate's or bachelor's degree in a design or an IT-related field. Some companies require a good degree of related work experience whereas some application developers can begin in an entry-level position working with teams of other developers.
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
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. 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 $26K higher and $9K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Application Developer
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Application Developers include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., AT&T Inc., and Intel Corporation. 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. Also paying near the top of the field are U.S. Bank at $85K, Allstate Insurance Company at $75K, and Equifax Inc, where Application Developers annually earn $74K.
Less than half of the top paying company's rate, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers a median salary of just $42K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company at $54K, CGI Group Inc. at $54K, and IBM Global Services, where $55K is the norm.
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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++, MySQL, and SQL. Those familiar with .NET also tend to know ASP.NET and SQL.
Pay by Experience Level for Application Developer
Pay by Experience for an Application Developer has a positive trend. An entry-level Application Developer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 1,489 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Application Developer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 597 salaries. An experienced Application Developer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 332 salaries. An Application Developer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 97 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Application Developers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Cincinnati (9 percent lower) and Des Moines (6 percent lower).
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