The average salary for a Video Game Programmer is $62,330 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 Games, C++ Programming Language, and C++.

$40,000 - $100,493
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MEDIAN: $62,330
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$7.08 - $50.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,000 - $100,493  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $29,799  
Total Pay (?
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$36,654 - $100,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.08 - $50.00  
   
Overtime
$65.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,007 - $29,799  
   
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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$36,654 - $100,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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

  • 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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Experience Affects Video Game Programmer Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Video Game Programmer Salaries

Games
up arrow 31%

C++
up arrow 11%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 11%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 8%

C#
up arrow 8%

Game Design
up arrow 8%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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