Applications Programmer Salary

The average Applications Programmer in the United States earns approximately $61K per year. Earnings sit near $42K on the lower side but can approach $97K per year on the higher side. In the world of Applications Programmers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $42K and $97K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Applications Programmers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Applications Programmers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,821 - $93,538
(Median)
$44K
$61K
$94K
MEDIAN: $61,482
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$11.77 - $52.38
(Median)
$12
$28
$52
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$43,821 - $93,538  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,759  
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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$42,225 - $96,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $52.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.68  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,759  
   
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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$42,225 - $96,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Software Engineer, where median compensation is $93K annually. Going from Applications Programmer to Programmer Analyst is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Programmer Analysts is $59K. Many others choose to work as Senior Programmer Analysts, where pay is typically $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 COBOL, UNIX, Oracle, and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and C++. Most people skilled in .NET are similarly competent in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Programmer

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


For many Applications Programmers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $67K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Applications Programmers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $78K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $82K.

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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

COBOL
up arrow 18%

UNIX
up arrow 6%

Oracle
up arrow 2%

National Average
$62,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

PL/SQL
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 2%

ASP.NET
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 2%

VB.Net
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 8%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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