Applications Programmer Salary

Average Applications Programmers in the United States make around $62K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $42K, and the higher rates verge on $97K per year. Total cash earnings of Applications Programmers range from $42K on the low end to $97K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $14K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Applications Programmers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority (83 percent) of Applications Programmers who answered the questionnaire are male. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,130 - $93,598

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$11.72 - $48.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,130 - $93,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $13,750  
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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$42,417 - $96,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $13,750  
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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$42,417 - $96,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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 transition into a Senior Software Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $93K per year. As Applications Programmers progress in their field, many go on to become Programmer Analysts. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $59K. Another common career choice for Applications Programmers is to move into a Senior Programmer Analyst role — this promotion usually pays $80K.

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Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in COBOL, UNIX, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and C++. The majority of those 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.


Applications Programmers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $57K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $67K. Applications Programmers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $78K. Applications Programmers 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 $81K.

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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

COBOL
up arrow 18%

UNIX
up arrow 5%

Oracle
up arrow 1%

National Average
$63,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 2%

PL/SQL
up arrow 2%

ASP.NET
up arrow 3%

VB.Net
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 4%

C#
up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%

.NET
up arrow 6%

C++
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 9%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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