Video Game Programmer Salary

The average salary for a Video Game Programmer is $62,844 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are C++ Programming Language and Games.

$42,253 - $100,385
$42K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,844
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$7.06 - $40.27
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MEDIAN: $20.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,253 - $100,385  
   
Bonus
$1,014 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$20,000  
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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$39,593 - $99,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$7.06 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$1,014 - $29,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$20,000  
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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$39,593 - $99,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Video Game Programmer

Video game programmers are responsible for creating application code for video games. They are in charge of coding complex algorithms and sequences to adapt to video game design. These individuals participate in the video game process by modifying programming actions, recommending features, and testing programming code. They have strong problem solving skills regarding video game issues such as memory consumption and graphic glitches. They participate in design and development meetings to suggest ideas for video game progress. They work in fast-paced environments with strict deadlines. They share crucial video game information, code, graphics and design with other programmers to facilitate development. However, they can also perform efficiently on their own with minimal input.

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Video Game Programmer Tasks

  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for games, including personal computer, console, networked, and online multiplayer.
  • Write code that provides real-time interactive response under varying system and network conditions.
  • Test and document software.

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Key Stats for Video Game Programmer

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Video Game Programmer Salaries

Mid-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲1%

National Average
$62,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Video Game Programmer Salaries

C++ Programming Language
▲21%

Games
▲14%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
▲10%

C++
▲10%

C#
▲7%

Game Design
▲7%

C# Programming Language
▲1%

National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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