Applications Programmer Salary

Applications Programmers in the United States can expect wages of $62K annually on average. Cash earnings for Applications Programmers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $36K to approximately $99K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Applications Programmers is high. Most Applications Programmers survey respondents are men (79 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,944 - $99,939
$41K
$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,257
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90%

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$12.88 - $44.85
$13
$23
$45
MEDIAN: $22.52
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$0$99K
Salary $40,944 - $99,939
Bonus $0.00 - $5,193
Profit Sharing $251.68 - $8,266
Total Pay (?
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$36,247 - $99,380
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 163
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $12.88 - $44.85
Overtime $0.00 - $51.06
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,193
Profit Sharing $251.68 - $8,266
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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$36,247 - $99,380
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 55

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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, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.

Common Career Paths for Applications Programmer


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For Applications Programmers, progressing to a Senior Software Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Software Engineer can earn $94K annually. An Applications Programmer may also move into a role as a Programmer Analyst or a Senior Programmer Analyst.

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Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Oracle, JavaScript, and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C# Programming Language, .NET, and C++ Programming Language. Most people skilled in .NET are similarly competent in SQL and ASP.NET.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Programmer

Pay by Experience for an Applications Programmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Applications Programmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 130 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Applications Programmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Applications Programmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 50 salaries. An Applications Programmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 23 salaries.

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Key Stats for Applications Programmer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries

▲34%

Late-Career
▲32%

▲21%

National Average
$60,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

UNIX
▲18%

Oracle
▲5%

▲4%

PL/SQL
▲4%

▼0%

National Average
$60,000

C#
▼2%

▼3%

▼4%

C++
▼4%

Microsoft Access
▼6%

SQL
▼7%


C++ Programming Language
▼7%

▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 17%
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