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Java Software Developer / Programmer Salary

An average Java Software Developer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $68K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Java Software Developers can bottom out at $42K or peak near $111K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Java Software Developers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 84 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$43,885 - $101,231
(Median)
$44K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $68,056
10%
50%
90%

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$14.93 - $77.27
(Median)
$15
$35
$77
MEDIAN: $34.00
10%
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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,885 - $101,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,932  
Profit Sharing
$245.47 - $10,040  
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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$42,076 - $110,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 942
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$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $77.27  
   
Overtime
$8.30 - $57.81  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$245.47 - $10,040  
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).
)
$42,076 - $110,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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Job Description for Java Software Developer / Programmer

A Java software developer/programmer creates software using the JavaScript programming language, which is used in websites to create interactive services and interfaces. JavaScript can also be used in smartphone apps and, occasionally, computer software. The Java software developer/programmer works as part of a team, creating and maintaining software based on input from senior developers, management, and end-users. They spend much of their time creating, testing, and modifying software, as well as meeting with other developers/programmers to brainstorm and troubleshoot. A Java software developer/programmer works in an office setting and may have flexible work hours; they may be able to work from home and may work longer hours when there are important deadlines. The Java software developer/programmer may be called on to fix security flaws or bugs in software outside of standard work hours.

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Java Software Developer / Programmer Tasks

  • Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.

Common Career Paths for Java Software Developer / Programmer


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At the upper end, Java Software Developers who move into a Senior Java Developer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Java Developers is a much higher $100K per year.

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Popular Skills for Java Software Developer / Programmer


Survey results imply that Java Software Developers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Lucky workers who know Microsoft SQL Server can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. J2EE and UNIX are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 14 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Eclipse Java IDE, C++, and C#. The majority of those who know Java also know Java/J2EE, JavaScript, and J2EE.

Pay by Experience Level for Java Software Developer / Programmer

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


Java Software Developers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $60K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $79K. Java Software Developers bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Java Software Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Java Software Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+23 percent), Boston (+22 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Austin and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Java Software Developer / Programmer Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Java Software Developer / Programmer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 20%

UNIX
up arrow 14%

up arrow 14%


Linux
up arrow 6%

up arrow 5%

Oracle
up arrow 4%

PL/SQL
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Java
0%

National Average
$70,000

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 4%

C#
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%
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