For Applications Programmers, annual average wages total $62K per year. Final cash compensation to Applications Programmers varies from around $36K to approximately $99K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $22K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Applications Programmers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Applications Programmers survey respondents are men (78 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,643 - $98,227
$41K
$62K
$98K
MEDIAN: $62,199
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$12.55 - $41.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,643 - $98,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
Profit Sharing
$149.50 - $21,816  
Total Pay (?
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$36,156 - $98,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $41.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
   
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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$36,156 - $98,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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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Applications Programmers who transition into a Senior Software Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $94K per year. A Programmer Analyst role is the most prevalent career advancement for Applications Programmers. Paychecks for that role are $60K on average. The Senior Programmer Analyst position is another common transition for Applications Programmers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $80K mark.

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Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Applications Programmers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, COBOL, Oracle, and ASP.NET are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C# Programming Language, Visual Basic, and .NET. Those proficient in .NET are, more often than not, also skilled in SQL and ASP.NET.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Programmer

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $73K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Applications Programmers make $81K following one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $80K.

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Key Stats for Applications Programmer

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 30%


National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries


COBOL
up arrow 5%

Oracle
up arrow 3%

National Average
$61,000

up arrow 1%

up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 4%

up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 9%


.NET
up arrow 12%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 12%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 15%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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