Application Developer Salary

An average Application Developer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K annually. Cash earnings for Application Developers — including $10K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $44K to $101K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by experience level and geography. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Application Developers are male. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$44,236 - $94,755
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$16.34 - $61.11
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$44,236 - $94,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,935  
Profit Sharing
$492.56 - $7,795  
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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$43,513 - $100,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,504
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Hourly Rate
$16.34 - $61.11  
   
Overtime
$21.17 - $53.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$492.56 - $7,795  
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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$43,513 - $100,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261

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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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There are some Application Developers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Software Engineers, where earnings are an average $105K annually. 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


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Allstate, and Cigna Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Application Developers. Although Intel Corporation offers the highest salaries (median pay is $83K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $72K to $119K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Allstate Insurance Company, and AT&T Inc., where Application Developers typically earn around $80K, $75K, or $72K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $47K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 76 percent less than the top paying company. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are CGI Federal ($47K), Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company ($50K), and IBM Global Services ($55K).

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 UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++, VB.Net, and PHP. 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.


Application Developers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy 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. For Application Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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 $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Application Developers in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Richmond (+19 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Des Moines, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis (9 percent lower and 8 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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 530 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%