Applications Programmer Salary

Median pay for Applications Programmers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $62K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $42K and $97K per year. 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. Geographic 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. The vast majority of Applications Programmers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,130 - $93,595
(Median)
$44K
$62K
$94K
MEDIAN: $61,884
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$11.72 - $48.48
(Median)
$12
$27
$48
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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
$44,130 - $93,595  
   
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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$42,417 - $96,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $48.48  
   
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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$42,417 - $96,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Applications Programmers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Software Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $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 $80K mark.

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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, Microsoft Access, and C++. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Programmer

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


For Applications Programmers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $57K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $67K. On average, Applications Programmers make $78K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $81K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Applications Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Applications Programmer Salaries

COBOL
up arrow 17%

UNIX
up arrow 5%

Oracle
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Java
up arrow 1%

PL/SQL
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

ASP.NET
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 3%

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 66 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
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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