Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, PHP Developers earn an average of $61K annually. Cash earnings for PHP Developers — including $10K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $39K to $97K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for PHP Developers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $61,457
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$13.73 - $50.77
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,127 - $92,837  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $9,810  
Profit Sharing
$22.67 - $6,792  
Total Pay (?
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$38,841 - $96,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 548
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $50.77  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $64.60  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.33 - $9,810  
   
Profit Sharing
$22.67 - $6,792  
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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$38,841 - $96,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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Job Description for PHP Developer

PHP is a flexible and powerful scripting language that computer programmers use, especially in the development of web-related tools, applications, and services. A PHP developer is simply someone who performs this work as part of a team within a company.

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PHP Developer Tasks

  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.

Common Career Paths for PHP Developer


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Many PHP Developers move into a Senior Web Developer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $79K per year.

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Popular Skills for PHP Developer


Survey results imply that PHP Developers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Asynchronous Javascript and XML Web Development, C++, SQL, and PHP are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C# Programming Language, C#, and HTML. Most people who know MySQL also know JavaScript.

Pay by Experience Level for PHP Developer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of PHP Developers. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $57K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. PHP Developers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $78K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $90K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,252

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for PHP Developers that is 71 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. PHP Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+22 percent), New York (+21 percent), Boca Raton (+20 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for PHP Developers is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Denver (12 percent lower and 4 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

Late-Career
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National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect PHP Developer Salaries

Asynchronous Javascript and XML (Ajax) Web Development
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C++
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SQL
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National Average
$61,000

PHP
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MySQL
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JavaScript
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Drupal
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HTML5
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jQuery
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Wordpress
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C#
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C# Programming Language
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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