SAP ABAP Programmers in the United States pull down an average of $85K per year. Total cash compensation for SAP ABAP Programmers runs from $60K to $136K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $19K and profit sharing that can reach almost $23K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. SAP ABAP Programmers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,974 - $119,296
(Median)
$59K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,517
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$39.45 - $102.56
(Median)
$39
$55
$100
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,974 - $119,296  
   
Bonus
$1,248 - $19,275  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $22,685  
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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$60,277 - $136,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$39.45 - $102.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$100.00  
Overtime
$80.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,248 - $19,275  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $22,685  
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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$60,277 - $136,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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 who go on to become SAP Consultants may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a SAP Consultant, an upper-level role, pays $92K. SAP ABAP Programmers most frequently become ABAP Developers and SAP Software Developers even though median compensation is $5K lower and $1K lower, 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 Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of SAP ABAP Programmers. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $72K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $87K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $108K 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 $121K.

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Experience Affects SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect SAP ABAP Programmer Salaries

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SQL
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Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP) Language
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$89,000

ABAP
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SAP ABAP
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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