Software Developer, Games Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Games Software Developers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $59K annually nationwide. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Though the majority of Games Software Developers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. While around one in three report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,093 - $88,010
$35K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $58,555
10%
50%
90%

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$19.83 - $49.13
$24
MEDIAN: $23.50
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$0$93K
Salary $35,093 - $88,010
Bonus $5,000
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$35,479 - $93,809
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 31
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $23.50
Hourly Tips $4.17
Annual Data $0$93K
Bonus $5,000
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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$35,479 - $93,809
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

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Job Description for Software Developer, Games

A software developer for games works to create new games and/or help develop existing games. These developers create games' architecture, develop new characters, and animate games; some positions may require generating new game ideas as well. Software developers for games must stay up to date on relevant technology, trends, and best practices, incorporating developments into their work as needed. Additionally, these professionals are responsible for debugging games, which may involve test users reporting flaws that developers work to fix; for some software developer positions, debugging is the principal task performed. The software developer may also be responsible for finding ways to make games more user-friendly.

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Software Developer, Games Tasks

  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for games, including personal computer, console, networked, and online multiplayer.
  • Write code that provides real-time interactive response under varying system and network conditions.
  • Test and document software.

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Popular Skills for Software Developer, Games


Survey results imply that Games Software Developers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with C++ Programming Language, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 38 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like JavaScript. Most people experienced in C++ also know C#.

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Q: What is it like working as a Software Developer, Games?

Software Developer, Games in Culver City:
"Flexible, but demanding."
Pros: I like being able to work from home some of the time. Since much of my team is a mix of marketers, publishers, and the like, I sometimes telecommute or work elsewhere, and stay casual. It's a volatile schedule, which I enjoy. Sometimes there are light days, sometimes there are days staying at the office until 11pm to get an update done. I'm always learning, whether it's something about the business or a new SDK to implement.
Cons: That much of the work is outsourced. I would much rather the team had its own people to develop the art and games, rather than be in just a maintenance role.

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Key Stats for Software Developer, Games

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Software Developer, Games Salaries

Experienced
▲98%

▲45%

National Average
$55,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Software Developer, Games Salaries


C++
▲38%

C#
▲15%


Java
▲2%

National Average
$55,000

JavaScript
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 32%
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