What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Applications Programmer Salary

An average Applications Programmer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $61K annually. Compensation ranges from $40K on the lower end to $96K per year on the higher end. Cash earnings for Applications Programmers — including $10K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $40K to $96K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Applications Programmers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Applications Programmers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Read More
$42,309 - $92,355
(Median)
$42K
$61K
$92K
MEDIAN: $60,867
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.47 - $50.34
(Median)
$11
$22
$50
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,309 - $92,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,171  
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).
)
$40,456 - $95,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $50.34  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $46.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,171  
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).
)
$40,456 - $95,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

Job Description for Applications Programmer

Companies that develop and/or design software solutions or applications - whether they are used for business, entertainment, or some mix of both - are typical employers for applications programmers. The programmer performs coding, compiling, and even some initial testing when developing a new application or updating and revising an existing one. Typically, with larger companies, an application programmer works as part of a team in development, design, or web applications. The programmer must be proficient with a variety of computer languages, usually specified by the employer posting the job. For companies actively developing for platforms such as iOS or Android, an applications programmer also need to be familiar with the use of relevant development kits and tools as well.

Read More...

Applications Programmer Tasks

  • Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.

Common Career Paths for Applications Programmer


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


At the upper end, Applications Programmers who move into a Senior Software Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Software Engineers is a much higher $93K per year. More often than not, a Programmer Analyst role is the next step for Applications Programmers moving up in the field. Pay for Programmer Analysts is usually $59K. Many Applications Programmers choose to take on a Senior Programmer Analyst role instead, where salaries are typically $79K.

Software Developer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Survey results imply that Applications Programmers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with COBOL and UNIX are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, C++, and Microsoft Access. Most people who know .NET also know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Programmer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $55K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $66K. Applications Programmers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $79K. Applications Programmers 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 $83K on average.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

COBOL
up arrow 23%

UNIX
up arrow 7%

Oracle
up arrow 3%

C#
0%

ASP.NET
0%

PL/SQL
0%

National Average
$61,000

SQL
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

VB.Net
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 8%

C++
up arrow 11%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%