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SAP ABAP Programmer Salary

Average SAP ABAP Programmers in the United States make around $79K per year. In the world of SAP ABAP Programmers, total cash compensation can vary between $54K and $125K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $6K, respectively. 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. Male SAP ABAP Programmers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most SAP ABAP Programmers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$52,274 - $111,568
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MEDIAN: $78,972
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$23.70 - $100.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,274 - $111,568  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,754  
Profit Sharing
$80.00 - $6,000  
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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$54,240 - $125,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.70 - $100.52  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $147.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,754  
   
Profit Sharing
$80.00 - $6,000  
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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$54,240 - $125,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.

Common Career Paths for SAP ABAP Programmer


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While somewhat out of the ordinary, it is still possible for SAP ABAP Programmers to assume a position such as a SAP Consultant, which pays $93K per year on average. Moving from a SAP ABAP Programmer to ABAP Developer or SAP Software Developer is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for SAP ABAP Programmer


SAP ABAP Programmers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in ABAP, ABAP/4, SAP 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 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.


For SAP ABAP Programmers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $74K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $86K. SAP ABAP Programmers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $99K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $104K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%



National Average
$84,000


Skills That Affect SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries

ABAP
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ABAP/4
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SAP ABAP
0%

National Average
$84,000

SQL
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
50%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%