The average salary for a Video Game Programmer is $65,259.
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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 sugges…Read more
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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Popular Skills for Video Game Programmer
C++ Programming Language
C# Programming Language
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 Game Design, Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and C# Programming Language.
Pay by Experience Level for Video Game Programmer
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 24 salaries. An early career Video Game Programmer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,227 based on 71 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.
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Employees with Video Game Programmer in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 28.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (22.8% more) and Los Angeles, California (6.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (7.2% less), Chicago, Illinois (5.4% less) and San Francisco, California (0.4% less).
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