Software Developer, Games Salary

Pay for Games Software Developers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $68K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Games Software Developers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,931 - $103,743
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $68,351
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50%
90%

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$7.75 - $60.00
(Median)
$7
$22
$60
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,931 - $103,743  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $19,392  
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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$39,686 - $107,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $60.00  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $44.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $19,392  
   
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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$39,686 - $107,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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


Professional skills reported by Games Software Developers are few in number. Most notably, skills in C++, C#, Java, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing JavaScript as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Java and C# also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with C++ also tend to know C#.

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Experience Affects Software Developer, Games Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 67%

Mid-Career
up arrow 42%

National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Software Developer, Games Salaries

C++
up arrow 13%

National Average
$65,000

C#
up arrow 7%

Java
up arrow 12%

JavaScript
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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