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 annually nationwide. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K each, total incomes of PHP Developers generally range from $36K to $94K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,885 - $88,741
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,377
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50%
90%

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$14.41 - $50.68
(Median)
$14
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$38,885 - $88,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,111  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,149  
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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$36,211 - $94,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 630
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $50.68  
   
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 - $7,111  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,149  
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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$36,211 - $94,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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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

  • 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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Although many PHP Developers transition into PHP Software Developer roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $52K.

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Popular Skills for PHP Developer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Apache / Apache HTTP Server and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET, C++, and SQL. 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.


For many PHP Developers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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. For PHP Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for PHP Developers that is 36 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 Boca Raton (+25 percent), New York (+24 percent), Denver (+23 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Orlando and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 7 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
up arrow 64%



National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect PHP Developer Salaries

Apache / Apache HTTP Server
up arrow 28%

Linux
up arrow 4%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 1%

jQuery
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JavaScript
0%

National Average
$59,000

PHP
up arrow 2%

MySQL
up arrow 2%

HTML5
up arrow 2%


Drupal
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 6%

up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 11%

C++
up arrow 15%

ASP.NET
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%
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