Median pay for Applications Programmers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $62K annually. In the world of Applications Programmers, overall income ranges from $37K near the bottom to $100K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $22K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Applications Programmers are male. Most Applications Programmers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,757 - $99,335
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$41K
$62K
$99K
MEDIAN: $61,502
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$11.85 - $43.63
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$12
$21
$44
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,757 - $99,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,425  
Profit Sharing
$149.50 - $21,816  
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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$37,469 - $99,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $43.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$149.50 - $21,816  
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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$37,469 - $99,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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.

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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


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Applications Programmers who go on to become Senior Software Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Software Engineers is $94K annually. Applications Programmers go on to become Programmer Analysts more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $60K. Applications Programmers who move into a Senior Programmer Analyst role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $80K.

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Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Survey results imply that Applications Programmers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, Oracle, ASP.NET, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C# Programming Language, C++ Programming Language, and Visual Basic. Most people experienced in .NET also know SQL and ASP.NET.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Programmer

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $53K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $74K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $82K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $81K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 34%


National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries


Oracle
up arrow 3%

National Average
$61,000

ASP.NET
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

ASP.NET Framework
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 4%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 7%

.NET
up arrow 9%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 14%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 15%

C++ Programming Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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