Application Developer Salary

Median pay for Application Developers in the United States is around $68K annually. Total cash compensation for Application Developers runs from $47K to $103K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. While years of experience and geographic location impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Application Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,406 - $98,412
$48K
$68K
$98K
MEDIAN: $68,003
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$18.21 - $59.05
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MEDIAN: $29.75
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$0$103K
Salary $48,406 - $98,412
Bonus $296.54 - $10,143
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).
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$47,402 - $103,534
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,129
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $18.21 - $59.05
Overtime $1.80 - $60.23
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $296.54 - $10,143
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).
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$47,402 - $103,534
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 229

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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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Application Developers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Software Engineer. The average Senior Software Engineer brings home $108K per year. Typical career progression for an Application Developer involves becoming a Senior Application Developer or a Software Engineer, roles that pay $26K more and $9K more on average.

Application Developer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Application Developer


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., AT&T Inc., and Intel Corporation are all popular places to work. Although the highest salaries can be found at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) where median pay is $93K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $71K and $114K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider U.S. Bank, Allstate Insurance Company, and Equifax Inc, top-paying firms where Application Developers rake in a comfortable $85K, $75K, or $74K, respectively.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where the median salary is a mere $42K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company ($54K), CGI Group Inc. ($54K), and IBM Global Services ($55K).

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 seem to negatively impact pay include C++, MySQL, and SQL. Most people familiar with .NET also 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

National Average: $68,949

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Application Developers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. 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). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cincinnati (9 percent less) and Des Moines (7 percent less).

Application Developer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Application Developer?

Application Developer in Seattle:
Pros: Fast pace, autonomy, new technologies, cool problems.
Cons: Disorganized, high stress, boring projects, poor management.

Application Developer in Greensboro:
"Constantly changing."
Pros: Small company with good people that make me feel appreciated, but stressful.
Cons: Not a lot of direction. As a software professional it is up to you to figure out how to acheive the company's vision.

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 Paducah:
"Awesome, its challenging and fun."
Pros: Solving problems.
Cons: Sitting alone in an office all day.

Application Developer in Paducah:
"Awesome, its challenging and fun."
Pros: Solving problems.
Cons: Sitting alone in an office all day.

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 385 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Application Developer Salaries

▲34%

▲26%

▲16%

National Average
$69,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Application Developer Salaries

▲5%

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$69,000

JavaScript
▼2%

ASP.NET Framework
▼2%

C#
▼3%

▼3%

▼3%



▼4%

▼4%

SQL
▼5%

▼5%

C++
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 385 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 10%
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