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Average Entry-Level Video Game Programmer Salary

$55,000
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$2,950
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Video Game Programmer is $55,000.
10%
$39k
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$55k
90%
$79k
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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.

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What Are Popular Skills for Video Game Programmers?

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

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

An early career Video Game Programmer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $64,791 based on 66 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 $97,591 based on 7 salaries.

Years of Experience

This data is based on 113 survey responses.
Early Career
58.4%
Mid Career
35.4%
Experienced
6.2%