Application Developer Salary

Earnings for Application Developers in the United States come in at around $65K 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 $44K and $100K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though years of experience and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Application Developers are male. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$44,377 - $93,941

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$16.69 - $59.73

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,377 - $93,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,892  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $7,708  
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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$43,745 - $100,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,669
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.69 - $59.73  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $54.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,892  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $7,708  
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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$43,745 - $100,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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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. A common career progression for an Application Developer is to become a Senior Application Developer or a Software Engineer. Compared to Application Developers, the first group earns $26K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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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., Intel Corporation, IBM Global Services, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Although J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $81K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $57K on the low end all the way up to $104K at the top. Other leaders in compensation levels are Intel Corporation at $81K, Allstate Insurance Company at $75K, and AT&T Inc., where Application Developers annually earn $73K.

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $47K, 73 percent lower than the top payer. CGI Federal, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and IBM Global Services are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($48K, $50K, and $55K respectively).

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Application Developers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Oracle, PL/SQL, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++, PHP, and VB.Net. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $75K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $84K in this role. Application Developers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


Application Developers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+16 percent), Richmond (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). Des Moines is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (8 percent lower) and Cincinnati (6 percent lower).

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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$67,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 502 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%
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