Software Developer, Games Salary

Male Games Software Developers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $55K annually in the United States. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,883 - $90,604
$35K
$57K
$91K
MEDIAN: $57,391
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50%
90%

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$21.62 - $50.87
$35
MEDIAN: $35.00
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$0$101K
Salary $34,883 - $90,604
Bonus $7,500
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$35,235 - $101,524
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 22
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $35.00
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $7,500
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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).
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$35,235 - $101,524
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

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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

  • 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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Popular Skills for Software Developer, Games


Survey results show that Games Software Developers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with C++ Programming Language, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 43 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those proficient in C++ are, more often than not, also skilled in C#.

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Q: What is it like working as a Software Developer, Games?

Software Developer, Games in Culver City:
"Flexible, but demanding."
Pros: I like being able to work from home some of the time. Since much of my team is a mix of marketers, publishers, and the like, I sometimes telecommute or work elsewhere, and stay casual. It's a volatile schedule, which I enjoy. Sometimes there are light days, sometimes there are days staying at the office until 11pm to get an update done. I'm always learning, whether it's something about the business or a new SDK to implement.
Cons: That much of the work is outsourced. I would much rather the team had its own people to develop the art and games, rather than be in just a maintenance role.

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Key Stats for Software Developer, Games

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Software Developer, Games Salaries

Experienced
▲90%

▲39%

National Average
$57,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Software Developer, Games Salaries


C++
▲32%

C#
▲11%


National Average
$57,000

Java
▼2%

JavaScript
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 32%
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