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SAP ABAP Programmer Salary

For SAP ABAP Programmers, yearly average wages total $81K annually. Cash earnings for SAP ABAP Programmers — including $15K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $55K to $129K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most SAP ABAP Programmers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most SAP ABAP Programmers survey respondents are men (72 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$51,731 - $112,492
(Median)
$52K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,024
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$29.10 - $100.60
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MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,731 - $112,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,822  
Profit Sharing
$157.81 - $20,273  
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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$54,663 - $128,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.10 - $100.60  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $148.99  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,822  
   
Profit Sharing
$157.81 - $20,273  
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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$54,663 - $128,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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.

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. More often than not, an ABAP Developer role is the next step for SAP ABAP Programmers moving up in the field. Pay for ABAP Developers is usually $84K. Many SAP ABAP Programmers choose to take on a SAP Software Developer role instead, where salaries are typically $88K.

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Popular Skills for SAP ABAP Programmer


SAP ABAP Programmers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in SAP ABAP, ABAP/4, ABAP, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and SQL. Most people experienced in 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.


For SAP ABAP Programmers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $88K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $103K on average. SAP ABAP Programmers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $104K.

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Experience Affects SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$86,000


Skills That Affect SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries

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

Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
49%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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