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Applications Programmer Salary

Pay for Applications Programmers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $61K per year. Compensation ranges between $41K and $96K per year. In the world of Applications Programmers, total cash compensation can vary between $41K and $96K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $5K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Applications Programmers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The vast majority (85 percent) of Applications Programmers who answered the questionnaire are male. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$42,345 - $92,665
(Median)
$42K
$61K
$93K
MEDIAN: $61,025
10%
50%
90%

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$11.72 - $53.33
(Median)
$12
$25
$53
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,345 - $92,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,875  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $5,081  
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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$40,835 - $95,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 312
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $53.33  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.98  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,875  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $5,081  
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).
)
$40,835 - $95,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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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As Applications Programmers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Software Engineers earn $93K on average per year. More often than not, a Programmer Analyst role is the next step for Applications Programmers moving up in the field. Pay for Programmer Analysts is usually $59K. Many Applications Programmers choose to take on a Senior Programmer Analyst role instead, where salaries are typically $79K.

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Popular Skills for Applications Programmer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in COBOL, UNIX, Oracle, and PL/SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, C++, and Microsoft Access. Those familiar with .NET also tend to know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Programmer

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


For Applications Programmers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $56K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $66K. On average, Applications Programmers make $79K following one to two decades on the job. Applications Programmers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $83K.

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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

COBOL
up arrow 19%

UNIX
up arrow 7%

Oracle
up arrow 3%

PL/SQL
0%

National Average
$61,000

C#
up arrow 1%

ASP.NET
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 3%

VB.Net
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 7%

C++
up arrow 13%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%
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