Applications Programmer Salary

Applications Programmers in the United States pull down an average of $63K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $41K, and the top verges on $99K per year. Cash earnings for Applications Programmers — including $10K in bonuses and $14K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $99K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 80 percent of Applications Programmers are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Applications Programmers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,359 - $96,262
(Median)
$43K
$63K
$96K
MEDIAN: $62,806
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90%

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$11.45 - $48.48
(Median)
$11
$27
$48
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary 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$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$43,359 - $96,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,584  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $13,750  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$40,627 - $99,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 307
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $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$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,584  
   
Commission
$0.00  
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).
)
$40,627 - $99,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Software Engineer. The average Senior Software Engineer brings home $93K per year. The most common promotion for Applications Programmers is a Programmer Analyst position, which usually brings in $59K a year. Another standard transition for Applications Programmers seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Programmer Analyst role, where pay is often $80K.

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Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Applications Programmers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with COBOL and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and C++. 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 $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $69K. Applications Programmers bring in $81K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $80K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 28%


National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

COBOL
up arrow 26%

JavaScript
up arrow 10%

Oracle
0%

PL/SQL
0%

National Average
$63,000

Java
up arrow 1%

VB.Net
up arrow 3%

ASP.NET
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 5%

up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 6%


.NET
up arrow 8%

C++
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 9%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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