Average Application Developers in the United States make around $66K per year. Overall incomes of Application Developers generally bottom out at around $45K and peak near $102K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by experience level and geography. Most Application Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Application Developers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$46,547 - $96,830
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$47K
$66K
$97K
MEDIAN: $66,183
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$17.53 - $56.37
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$18
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,547 - $96,830  
   
Bonus
$305.59 - $9,960  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $10,199  
Total Pay (?
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$45,482 - $101,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.53 - $56.37  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $62.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$305.59 - $9,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$514 - $10,199  
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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$45,482 - $101,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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 who go on to become Senior Software Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Software Engineers is $108K 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Application Developers, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., AT&T Inc., Intel Corporation, and United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. are leading firms in the industry. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) offers the best pay with a median salary of $91K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $67K and maxing out at just $112K. Also paying near the top of the field are U.S. Bank at $78K, Intel Corporation at $76K, and Equifax Inc, where Application Developers annually earn $74K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $39K to just $61K — but International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $41K. Other low-paying employers include Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company at $54K and CGI Group Inc. at $54K, though some Application Developers there earn up to $77K.

Popular Skills for Application Developer


Survey results imply that Application Developers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Oracle, ASP.NET, and ASP.NET Framework are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++, VB.Net, and SQL. The majority of those 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Application Developers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $61K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $79K. Application Developers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. Application Developers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $95K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,311

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, 29 percent above the national average. Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Tampa (+12 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cincinnati (7 percent less) and Richmond (6 percent less).

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


Oracle
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ASP.NET
up arrow 2%

ASP.NET Framework
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.NET
0%

jQuery
0%

National Average
$67,000

C#
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JavaScript
up arrow 1%

C# Programming Language
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Java
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Microsoft SQL Server
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HTML
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SQL
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C++
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 322 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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