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Mobile Applications Developer Salary (United States)

Pay for Mobile Applications Developers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $70K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mobile Applications Developers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Mobile Applications Developers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Mobile Applications Developer Salary (?
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$45,302 - $107,788
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MEDIAN: $70,421
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Mobile Applications Developer Salary (?
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$15.32 - $78.39
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National Salary Data

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$45,302 - $107,788  
   
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$0.00 - $10,084  
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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$45,596 - $118,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 226
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $78.39  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $67.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$0.00 - $10,084  
   
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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$45,596 - $118,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Mobile Applications Developer

Mobile applications developers create and develop mobile apps. They have a strong working knowledge of the different platforms that applications are suitable for, such as smartphones and tablets. Mobile app developers are also adept at using PCs and Macs and various operating systems. In addition, they have a strong foundation in IT programming and areas such as C++, objective-C, wireless networks, PHP, MS/SQL, Adobe, Java, HTML, “cloud storage” and Flash. Many developers also hold special development and configuration certifications.
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Mobile Applications Developer Tasks
  • Write code for Android or iOS applications, using languages such as: Objective C, HTML, JavaScript, XML, etc.
  • Develop and test mobile application software and coding, often as part of a team.

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Popular Skills for Mobile Applications Developer

Mobile Applications Developers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in iOS SDK, Objective-C, Android SDK, and iOS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Apple Xcode. Those familiar with Android also tend to know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Mobile Applications Developer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $90K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $120K on average. Mobile Applications Developers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $107K.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Philadelphia
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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New York
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Chicago
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National Average
$71,000
Detroit
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Dallas
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With a pay rate for Mobile Applications Developers that is 32 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mobile Applications Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent.

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Experience Affects Mobile Applications Developer Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Mobile Applications Developer Salaries

iOS SDK
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Objective-C
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Android SDK
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iOS
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Web Development
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Java
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National Average
$71,000
Apple Xcode
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%