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PHP Developer Salary

PHP Developers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $58K per year. In the world of PHP Developers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $92K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just over one in five claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$38,137 - $86,846
(Median)
38K
46K
58K
73K
87K
MEDIAN: $57,994
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$13.84 - $51.01
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,137 - $86,846  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,165  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $19,727  
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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$35,357 - $92,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 530
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.84 - $51.01  
   
Overtime
$18.20 - $58.72  
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 - $7,165  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $19,727  
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).
)
$35,357 - $92,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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Job Description for PHP Developer

Working as a PHP developer requires the ability to work with many web-based tools and products to help create and execute websites, widgets, and applications requested by clients. PHP developers must be familiar with PHP itself (hypertext preprocessor), MySQL, AJAX, and even JavaScript. A PHP programmer should also know how to implement HTML and CSS in applications and websites being developed primarily in PHP. Planning customized applications and websites that allow for consumer input, submissions, and even adding content to the site is another requirement for PHP developers. The ability to work well with a tech team and to understand a client's needs are required to work full-time as a PHP developer. Working as a PHP programmer can be done from home freelancing in addition to working in an office environment, depending on availability of positions and your own preferences.

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PHP Developer Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software.
  • Design and develop application components.
  • Test and document software.
  • Analyze requirements and transform them into technical designs.

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Popular Skills for PHP Developer


PHP Developers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, jQuery, SQL, and Cascading Style Sheets are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Those listing C++ as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. ASP.NET and Wordpress also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with MySQL also tend to know JavaScript.

Pay Difference by Location


For PHP Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. PHP Developers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+30 percent), New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). Compared to the national average, Phoenix PHP Developers have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Philadelphia (16 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

PHP Developer Reviews

What is it like working as a PHP Developer?

PHP Developer in San Diego:
"A Great Place To Get Your Foot In The Door."
Pros: It's a casual work environment with sincere honest people. A real team atmosphere. I feel like my co-workers are my friends. Free lunch. Overtime pay when the workload demands it.
Cons: No vacation, management is somewhat disorganized, a bit behind in development practices (though improvements are being made). Cramped work space.

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Experience Affects PHP Developer Salaries



National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect PHP Developer Salaries

jQuery
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 4%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Drupal
up arrow 1%

National Average
$58,000

PHP
up arrow 1%

MySQL
up arrow 1%

HTML5
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 11%

Wordpress
up arrow 12%

ASP.NET
up arrow 16%

C++
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 22%