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PHP Developer Salary

Male PHP Developers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $59K annually in the United States. Incomes of PHP Developers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $7K cause paychecks to spread between $36K on the low end and $93K on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most PHP Developers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,946 - $87,669
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $59,276
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50%
90%

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$13.17 - $51.01
(Median)
$13
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $24.00
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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,946 - $87,669  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,177  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $7,213  
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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$35,799 - $93,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 583
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $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 - $7,177  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $7,213  
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).
)
$35,799 - $93,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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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.

Common Career Paths for PHP Developer


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Many PHP Developers transition into upper-level roles like PHP Software Developer. However, PHP Software Developers do report a slightly lower median income of $52K per year.

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Popular Skills for PHP Developer


Survey takers working as PHP Developers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Apache / Apache HTTP Server, Linux, jQuery, and Cascading Style Sheets are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Those listing C++ as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Ajax and ASP.NET also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with MySQL also know JavaScript.

Pay by Experience Level for PHP Developer

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


PHP Developers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $67K. After working for 10 to 20 years, PHP Developers make a median salary of $72K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $80K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, PHP Developers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. PHP Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+28 percent), New York (+24 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Compared to the national average, Phoenix PHP Developers have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (7 percent lower) and Orlando (6 percent lower).

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
up arrow 36%



National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect PHP Developer Salaries

Apache / Apache HTTP Server
up arrow 15%

jQuery
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 4%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

HTML5
up arrow 1%

SQL
0%

National Average
$59,000

PHP
up arrow 1%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

MySQL
up arrow 2%

Wordpress
up arrow 2%

up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 6%

ASP.NET
up arrow 18%

Ajax
up arrow 19%

C++
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%