An average Games Software Developer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Games Software Developers. The vast majority of Games Software Developers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,865 - $96,201
(Median)
$39K
$65K
$96K
MEDIAN: $64,705
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90%

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$11.25 - $57.50
(Median)
$11
$22
$58
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$38,865 - $96,201  
   
Bonus
$5,625  
Total Pay (?
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$36,413 - $99,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
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
$5,625  
   
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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$36,413 - $99,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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


Survey results imply that Games Software Developers put a diverse skill set to use. 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 22 percent, 20 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include JavaScript and Java. Those educated in C++ tend to be well versed in C#.

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Experience Affects Software Developer, Games Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 75%


National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Software Developer, Games Salaries

C++
up arrow 22%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 20%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 7%

C#
up arrow 2%

National Average
$62,000

Java
up arrow 10%

JavaScript
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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