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Applications Programmer Salary

The average Applications Programmer in the United States earns approximately $60K per year. Pay generally varies between $39K and $95K per year. Final cash compensation to Applications Programmers varies from around $39K to approximately $95K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $6K, respectively. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Applications Programmers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Applications Programmers are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,883 - $91,751
(Median)
41K
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92K
MEDIAN: $60,491
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$11.60 - $50.34
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,883 - $91,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,019  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $6,183  
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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$39,204 - $94,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $50.34  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $47.34  
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 - $10,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $6,183  
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).
)
$39,204 - $94,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
United States (change)

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 go on to top-notch roles like Senior Software Engineer, where median pay is $93K annually. A Programmer Analyst role is the most prevalent career advancement for Applications Programmers. Paychecks for that role are $59K on average. The Senior Programmer Analyst position is another common transition for Applications Programmers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $79K mark.

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Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Applications Programmers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with COBOL, UNIX, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and C++. A tool kit that includes C# also typically contains ASP.NET and SQL. 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.


Applications Programmers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $54K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $64K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $77K. Applications Programmers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $83K.

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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 27%


National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

COBOL
up arrow 27%

UNIX
up arrow 5%

Oracle
up arrow 4%

PL/SQL
up arrow 1%

C#
0%

ASP.NET
0%

National Average
$61,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

.NET
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

VB.Net
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 6%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 13%