SAP ABAP Programmer Salary

SAP ABAP Programmers in the United States take home an average $82K per year. Cash earnings for SAP ABAP Programmers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $55K to approximately $129K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most SAP ABAP Programmers survey respondents are men (71 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$51,756 - $113,574
(Median)
$52K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,501
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$28.81 - $100.52
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MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,756 - $113,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
Profit Sharing
$156.59 - $20,426  
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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$54,823 - $128,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 249
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Hourly Rate
$28.81 - $100.52  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $148.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
   
Profit Sharing
$156.59 - $20,426  
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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$54,823 - $128,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Job Description for SAP ABAP Programmer

An SAP ABAP programmer holds highly technical, specialized position that handles a large number of software issues. Individuals in this position are experts of reading and coding in a particular type of code known as ABAP, or Advanced Business Application Programming. ABAP programs are one component of the SAP database, meaning that these individuals are also highly familiar with SAP programs in general.As well as mastering the ABAP programming language, SAP ABAP programmers must also possess the technical skill to test, design, and debug various types of ABAP programs. The manner in which these individuals work with ABAP programs depends heavily on the ideology and methodology of their company, which usually provides guidelines for the development and implementation of their technological code.

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SAP ABAP Programmer Tasks

  • Test and document applications written using SAP enterprise software.
  • Write, modify, and debug applications written using SAP enterprise software.
  • Interface SAP applications with other systems and applications.

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SAP ABAP Programmers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like SAP Consultant. On average, SAP Consultants get paid about the same as SAP ABAP Programmers do. As SAP ABAP Programmers progress in their field, many go on to become ABAP Developers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $83K. Another common career choice for SAP ABAP Programmers is to move into a SAP Software Developer role — this promotion usually pays $88K.

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Popular Skills for SAP ABAP Programmer


Survey results suggest that SAP ABAP Programmers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in ABAP, SAP ABAP, ABAP/4, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and SQL. Most people familiar with ABAP also know ABAP/4.

Pay by Experience Level for SAP ABAP Programmer

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $73K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $87K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $105K on average. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $104K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries


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National Average
$86,000


Skills That Affect SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries

ABAP
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SAP ABAP
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ABAP/4
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National Average
$86,000

SQL
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
50%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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