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2014 US IT Salary Survey: App Dev

May 19, 2014

The 1,117 IT staffers and 889 IT managers with primary job function of application development continue to demand compensation solidly above that of the typical IT pro. Pay increases remain at about the rate of inflation. 

App dev staffers earn a median o $102,000 in total compensation, and managers earn $137,000. Other data points: 

>> Application development staffers report a median total compensation rise of 1.5%, and managers an increase of 2.3%. 

>> 65% of developer staff and 67% of managers are satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs overall, including compensation, benefits, and other factors. 

>> Nine out of 10 developers feel secure or very secure in their jobs, with only 11% of staffers and 10% of managers saying they feel insecure. 

>> Only about two in five staffers and one in four managers in the development field have had more than two jobs during the last 10 years.

>> Men earn far more than women, particularly on the staff level. Male staffers earn $104,000 in median total compensation, while female staffers make $89,000; it’s $137,000 for male managers versus $133,000 for female managers. 

Respondent breakdown: 43% work for organizations with 5,000 or more employees; 26% have over 20,000. (R7860514DD)


Survey Name InformationWeek 2014 US IT Salary Survey: Application Development

Survey Date February 2014

Region United States

Number of Respondents 2,315 application development and software engineering professionals, composed 1,426 staffers and 889 managers with a job function of application development or job title of QA/software test engineer/analyst, software engineer, or software developer

Purpose To track IT salary and compensation trends from the perspective of those on the front lines, InformationWeek conducts an annual US IT Salary Survey. Now in its 17th year, it’s the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. This year 11,662 full-time IT professionals completed the web-based survey. The goal of this trendable study is to measure various aspects of compensation, benefits, and job satisfaction. This report focuses on the 2,315 application development and software engineering professionals who participated in the survey.

Methodology The survey was designed by InformationWeek and fielded online. The survey was promoted in 

InformationWeek’s daily and weekly newsletters. In addition, email invitations with an embedded link to the survey were sent to qualified IT professionals from UBM Tech databases. The survey was fielded from November 2013 to February 2014.

The information within this report is based on responses from 2,315 application development and software 

engineering professionals. Unemployed and part-time workers were excluded from these results, as were respondents from outside the United States. This report uses median rather than mean or average figures for salary and percentage salary changes to eliminate distortions caused by extremes at the high and low ends of the responses.


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