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Developer Salaries 2014: Show Me The Money

Survey of more than 2,200 U.S. developers shows salaries in a well-paid field are nudging up as the economy picks up steam.

For the last five years, Dr. Dobb's and InformationWeek have run one of the largest independent salary surveys of US developers and their managers. As shown in the following slides, the conclusion we can draw from this year's survey is that salary increases have (by and large) matched or beaten inflation during the last year. The variations in compensation follow established patterns: Developers who are male, middle-aged, and working at large firms on the coasts tend to fare best. Developers in the South or Midwest, newbies, and women in any location tend to do less well, although software development is still a well-paying field for everyone.

The devil is in the details, so let's have a look …

The title of software engineer has little specific meaning except in Texas and a few other states which require accreditation to use the descriptor. Elsewhere, it typically refers to a programmer with lead-developer kind of skills -- the person team members go to for advice. With the amount of pressure IT departments are under to create mobile apps, cloud apps, and handle big data, these higher skilled professionals should indeed see more compensation. Likewise test engineers, as testing has become considerably more complicated and better appreciated. Compensation has grown a total of 10% for testers during the last three years -- certainly a reflection of the wider understanding of the value they deliver.

Read the rest of this story on Dr. Dobb's.

Prior to joining Dr. Dobb's Journal, Andrew Binstock worked as a technology analyst, as well as a columnist for SD Times, a reviewer for InfoWorld, and the editor of UNIX Review. Before that, he was a senior manager at Price Waterhouse. He began his career in software ... View Full Bio

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Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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5/19/2014 | 10:09:28 PM
Software developer, job with a future
San Francisco is the city showing the largest and fastest growth in jobs in the nation, and anecdotal evidences suggests many of those new jobs are for programmers. If the future is dominated by software, then the job to be in is software developer.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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5/20/2014 | 11:50:47 AM
Going Up
What I have been seeing in the last year, and much more accutely in the last few months, is that the demand for top end developers has outpaced supply dramatically. I am seeing rates for senior/lead programmers up to, and I swear I am not making this up, a good 40% higher than just 18 months ago. I have seen many recruiters and HR deparments showing up on the freelance sites, trying to get senior talent. Its crazy out there right now!

Demand for mid and entry level talent seems to be about the same, best I can tell.
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