Average Video Game Programmer Salary

$64,744
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,827
Bonus
$9,500
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The average salary for a Video Game Programmer is $64,744.
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$45k
MEDIAN
$65k
90%
$99k
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What Do Video Game Programmers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Video Game Programmer

4.4 out of 5
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What Are Popular Skills for Video Game Programmers?

Skills in C++ Programming Language, Video/Computer Gaming Software and Object Oriented Programming (OOP) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Game Design and C# Programming Language.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Video Game Programmers?

An entry-level Video Game Programmer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $52,414 based on 25 salaries. An early career Video Game Programmer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,253 based on 72 salaries. A mid-career Video Game Programmer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,854 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Video Game Programmer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 11 salaries.
Employees with Video Game Programmer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 23.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (7.7% more) and San Francisco, California (0.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (22.8% less), Austin, Texas (6.5% less) and Chicago, Illinois (4.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 148 survey responses.
Entry Level
16.9%
Early Career
48.6%
Mid Career
27.0%
Experienced
7.4%