Application Developer Salary

Earnings for Application Developers in the United States come in at around $66K per year on average. Total incomes of Application Developers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $45K and $101K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though experience level and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Application Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Application Developers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$45,112 - $95,238
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$45K
$66K
$95K
MEDIAN: $65,670
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$17.41 - $59.83
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MEDIAN: $30
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Senior Software Engineer, where median compensation is $106K annually. Senior Application Developers or Software Engineers are common next-step roles for Application Developers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Application Developers is $27K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Software Engineers.

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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., Intel Corporation, AT&T Inc., and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $82K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $59K to $108K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Intel Corporation, Equifax Inc, and State Street Corporation, top-paying firms where Application Developers rake in a respectable $80K, $74K, or $74K, respectively.

Earnings fall especially short at CGI Federal, where the median salary of $48K is the lowest in the field, 70 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $50K and CGI Group Inc. at $51K, though some Application Developers there earn up to $79K.

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Application Developers seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++, PHP, and VB.Net. Those familiar with .NET also tend to 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $76K. Application Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $84K. Application Developers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $91K on average.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Des Moines is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis 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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ASP.NET
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HTML
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jQuery
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$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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