Software Developer, Games Salary

Average Games Software Developers in the United States make around $60K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than half have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,634 - $94,935
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$60K
$95K
MEDIAN: $60,402
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$7.71 - $63.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,634 - $94,935  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,235 - $100,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.71 - $63.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.17  
Overtime
$45.00  
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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$35,235 - $100,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Software Developer, Games


Games Software Developers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with C++ Programming Language, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 26 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include JavaScript and Java. Most people skilled in C++ are similarly competent in C#.

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Key Stats for Software Developer, Games

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Software Developer, Games Salaries

Experienced
▲82%

▲33%

National Average
$60,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Software Developer, Games Salaries


C++
▲26%

C#
▲6%


National Average
$60,000

Java
▼7%

JavaScript
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 31%