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Software Developer, Games Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Games Software Developers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $68K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Games Software Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Software Developer, Games Salary (?
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$41,156 - $101,343
MEDIAN: $68,336
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National Salary 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.
$41,156 - $101,343  
$98.63 - $15,383  
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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).
$37,359 - $104,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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.
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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Professional skills reported by Games Software Developers are few in number. 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#. Many workers who know C++ also know Java.

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Games Software Developers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 13 percent. In San Francisco, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%