PHP Developer Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, 52 percent of PHP Developers have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $56,818 annually. Pay starts at $35,276 and can approach $91,512 per year on the higher side. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About a quarter of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most PHP Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
PHP Developer Salary (?
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$38,181 - $86,115
(Median)
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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  
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  
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

Survey respondents exploit a significant tool box of skills in their work. 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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For PHP Developers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Atlanta, New York, Houston, and Austin also offer top salaries for PHP Developers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 35 percent, 18 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent more, respectively. Compared to the national average, Pittsburgh PHP Developers have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Phoenix and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-21 percent and -15 percent).

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
$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
0%
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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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 101 votes.

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%