Application Developer Salary Increases Propelled by App Explosion

Will it rain tomorrow? There’s an app for that. Want to wake up earlier than normal if there is a chance of bad weather? Yes, there’s an app for that, too. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the mobile applications that currently exist, yet more and more are being created.

This explosion of applications isn’t just limited to the mobile space either. Desktop applications, especially web-based applications, are multiplying at a dizzying rate as well. Also on the rise: The application developer salary. Application developers are among the highest paid developers, according to the Robert Half Technology 2014 Salary Guide.

Application development is a global term that refers to the development of software, ranging from games to document editors and everything in-between. Due to the complex nature of software, application development projects are typically large-scale and can take a long time to complete. Here’s a breakdown of the current application developer salary trend in the United States:*

  • Mobile application developers can expect a 7.8 percent boost in average starting compensation this year, or $100,000 to $144,000.
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) developers will likely see a 6.8 percent increase, on average, with starting salaries ranging from $94,250 to $130,250.
  • Customer relationship management (CRM) developers can expect a 6.6 percent boost, and earn an average application developer salary between $89,500 and $119,750.
  • Lead application developers are projected to see the lowest increase — 6 percent — but are still one of the top six hottest tech jobs in 2014. Lead application developers can earn starting compensation between $99,750 and $137,750 this year.

These developers are not the only technology professionals riding the app demand wave, however. Whether they’re writing user manuals or designing major aspects of the architecture, others who work in the world of application development can also expect to earn higher salaries, based on the 2014 Salary Guide.

Preparing for an interview? Check out this post that describes what it’s like to face a nine-person panel interview. And look to Robert Half Technology’s latest Salary Guide for job descriptions and starting compensation trends for a wide range of in-demand developer positions.

*Application developer salaries in Canada are expected to increase 6 to 7.6 percent in 2014, with starting compensation ranging from $85,000 to $141,250. Figures are in Canadian dollars.