Applications Programmer Salary

An average Applications Programmer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $63K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $41K, and the higher rates verge on $99K per year. Total cash earnings of Applications Programmers range from $41K on the low end to $99K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $14K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Applications Programmers (80 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Applications Programmers is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,359 - $96,262
(Median)
$43K
$63K
$96K
MEDIAN: $62,806
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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 (?
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$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).
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$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 who transition into a Senior Software Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $93K per year. Becoming a Programmer Analyst is, more often than not, the most common role that Applications Programmers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Programmer Analyst is $59K. Another frequent advance is for Applications Programmers to assume a Senior Programmer Analyst role; in this role, workers often take home $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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and C++. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed 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 $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $69K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Applications Programmers see a median salary of $81K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $80K.

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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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