PHP Developer Salary

PHP Developers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $60K annually. Overall cash earnings for PHP Developers vary widely between $38K and $96K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Most PHP Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,326 - $92,466
(Median)
$39K
$60K
$92K
MEDIAN: $59,898
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$14.64 - $51.12
(Median)
$15
$25
$51
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,326 - $92,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,160  
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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$37,849 - $96,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 738
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $51.12  
   
Overtime
$18.29 - $58.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,160  
   
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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$37,849 - $96,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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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 code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.

Common Career Paths for PHP Developer


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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


PHP Developers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with .NET and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ASP.NET, C#, and HTML. 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $68K. For PHP Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. PHP Developers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,617

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For PHP Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. PHP Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+21 percent), New York (+21 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). Philadelphia is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (8 percent lower) and Phoenix (7 percent lower).

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
$60,000


Skills That Affect PHP Developer Salaries

.NET
up arrow 40%

C++
up arrow 15%

Linux
up arrow 3%

jQuery
0%

HTML5
0%

Wordpress
0%

National Average
$60,000

PHP
up arrow 2%

MySQL
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Drupal
up arrow 6%

up arrow 9%

C#
up arrow 11%

ASP.NET
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

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