Software Developer, Games Salary

Games Software Developers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $67K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Games Software Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,317 - $103,503
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$42K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,114
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$7.79 - $46.37
(Median)
$7
$23
$46
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$42,317 - $103,503  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $17,500  
Total Pay (?
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$39,098 - $107,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.79 - $46.37  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $44.22  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$50.00 - $17,500  
   
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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$39,098 - $107,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Games Software Developers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in C++, C#, Java, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include JavaScript, Java, and C#. For most people, competency in C++ indicates knowledge of C#.

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Experience Affects Software Developer, Games Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 68%

Mid-Career
up arrow 42%

National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Software Developer, Games Salaries

C++
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National Average
$65,000

C#
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Java
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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
16%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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