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Software Developer, Games Salary

Male Games Software Developers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $65K annually in the United States. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Games Software Developers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$42,366 - $100,294
(Median)
$42K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,964
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90%

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$8.07 - $79.46
(Median)
$8
$22
$79
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,366 - $100,294  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $19,574  
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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$39,771 - $103,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $79.46  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $19,574  
   
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).
)
$39,771 - $103,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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 takers who work as Games Software Developers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with C++, C#, and Java can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java and C#. Those proficient in C++ are, more often than not, also skilled in C#.

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Experience Affects Software Developer, Games Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 70%

Mid-Career
up arrow 45%

National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Software Developer, Games Salaries

C++
up arrow 19%

National Average
$63,000

C#
up arrow 5%

Java
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 15%