Men make up the majority of Games Software Developers in the United States, bringing in about $62K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Close to a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,336 - $97,874
$38K
$62K
$98K
MEDIAN: $61,932
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90%

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$11.25 - $57.50
$11
$22
$58
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,336 - $97,874  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$36,034 - $100,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $57.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.17  
Overtime
$44.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$36,034 - $100,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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 show that Games Software Developers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with C++, C++ Programming Language, and C# Programming Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 20 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include JavaScript and Java. Those educated in C++ tend to be well versed in C#.

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Key Stats for Software Developer, Games

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Software Developer, Games Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 79%


National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Software Developer, Games Salaries

C++
up arrow 25%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 20%

C#
up arrow 4%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 4%

National Average
$61,000

Java
up arrow 8%

JavaScript
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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