SAP ABAP Programmer Salary

Male SAP ABAP Programmers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $85K annually in the United States. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most SAP ABAP Programmers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$58,235 - $125,523
$58K
$85K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,159
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50%
90%

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$30.00 - $110.00
$30
$52
$110
MEDIAN: $52.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,235 - $125,523  
   
Bonus
$1,004 - $18,204  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$59,338 - $143,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$30.00 - $110.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$100.00  
Overtime
$77.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,004 - $18,204  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$59,338 - $143,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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

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

Common Career Paths for SAP ABAP Programmer


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SAP ABAP Programmers tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like SAP Consultant. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Many SAP ABAP Programmers choose to become ABAP Developers and SAP Software Developers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $2K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for SAP ABAP Programmer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in ABAP/4, SQL, Advanced Business Application Programming Language, and ABAP are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SAP ABAP and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with ABAP also tend to know ABAP/4.

Pay by Experience Level for SAP ABAP Programmer

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


For many SAP ABAP Programmers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $75K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $86K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $112K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $130K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,952

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for SAP ABAP Programmers, 31 percent above the national average. SAP ABAP Programmers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+18 percent) and Houston (+12 percent).

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Key Stats for SAP ABAP Programmer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
▲45%

▲24%

National Average
$90,000

▼4%

▼17%

Skills That Affect SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries

▲13%

Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP) Language
▼0%

SQL
▼0%

National Average
$90,000

▼2%


▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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