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. Overall cash earnings of PHP Developers stretch from $36K near the bottom to $93K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for PHP Developers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,878 - $88,144
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $59,318
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50%
90%

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$14.37 - $50.79
(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
$38,878 - $88,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,105  
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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$36,179 - $93,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 628
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $50.79  
   
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 - $7,105  
   
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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$36,179 - $93,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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.

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PHP Developers who take on a higher-level position such as PHP Software Developer may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as PHP Software Developers on average bring home $52K.

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Popular Skills for PHP Developer


Survey results imply that PHP Developers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Apache / Apache HTTP Server, Linux, jQuery, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, C++, and SQL. Those familiar with MySQL also tend to know JavaScript.

Pay by Experience Level for PHP Developer

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


PHP Developers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $53K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $68K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. PHP Developers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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), Denver (+23 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (15 percent lower) and Orlando (14 percent lower).

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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

Linux
up arrow 4%

Apache / Apache HTTP Server
up arrow 4%

jQuery
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 1%

JavaScript
0%

National Average
$59,000

MySQL
up arrow 1%

HTML5
up arrow 1%

PHP
up arrow 2%

Drupal
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 6%

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up arrow 11%

SQL
up arrow 12%

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 21%
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