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PHP Developer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of PHP Developers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $59K per year nationwide. Overall incomes of PHP Developers generally bottom out at around $36K and peak near $94K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $7K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, PHP Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,898 - $88,114
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $59,278
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50%
90%

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$13.76 - $51.01
(Median)
$14
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$38,898 - $88,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,196  
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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$36,005 - $93,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 599
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $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 - $7,196  
   
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).
)
$36,005 - $93,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Linux, Apache / Apache HTTP Server, jQuery, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing C++ as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. ASP.NET and C# also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in MySQL are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $53K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $68K. After working for 10 to 20 years, PHP Developers make a median salary of $72K. PHP Developers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for PHP Developers, 36 percent higher than the national average. PHP Developers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+27 percent), Boca Raton (+25 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Denver (+23 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Phoenix PHP Developers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Orlando and 7 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$59,000


Skills That Affect PHP Developer Salaries

up arrow 5%

Apache / Apache HTTP Server
up arrow 4%

jQuery
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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HTML5
0%

SQL
0%

Wordpress
0%

National Average
$59,000

PHP
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MySQL
up arrow 1%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Drupal
up arrow 4%

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C#
up arrow 6%

ASP.NET
up arrow 21%

C++
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

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