PHP Developer Salary (United States)

More than half of PHP Developers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $56,818 per year on average. Compensation starts at $35,276 and can reach $91,512 per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, 23 percent claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
PHP Developer Salary (?
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$38,181 - $86,115
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MEDIAN: $57,042
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PHP Developer Salary (?
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$13.29 - $50.92
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,181 - $86,115  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,731  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $2,479  
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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$35,276 - $91,512  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.29 - $50.92  
   
Overtime
$17.92 - $51.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,731  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $2,479  
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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$35,276 - $91,512  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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.
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 seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Linux, SQL, and jQuery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing C++ as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Ajax and ASP.NET also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with MySQL also tend to know JavaScript.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Atlanta
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Austin
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San Diego
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Minneapolis
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Orlando
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Denver
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National Average
$57,000
Philadelphia
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Miami
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Phoenix
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for PHP Developers, 39 percent higher than the national average. PHP Developers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+35 percent), New York (+18 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Austin (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with PHP Developers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (-21 percent) and Miami (-15 percent).

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Experience Affects PHP Developer Salaries

National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect PHP Developer Salaries

Linux
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SQL
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JavaScript
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Wordpress
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HTML
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PHP
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HTML5
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National Average
$57,000
MySQL
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C#
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Java
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ASP.NET
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Ajax
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C++
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%
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