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Updated February 9, 2022
Average Game Developer Salary
$92,000 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$44.26 hourly

Entry level Salary
$67,000 yearly
$67,000
10 %
$92,000
Median
$126,000
90 %
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What is a Game Developer's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$126,000$10,500$61
75th Percentile$108,000$9,000$52
Average$92,061$7,672$44
25th Percentile$77,000$6,417$37
10th Percentile$67,000$5,583$32

Average Game Developer Salary By State

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Game Developer average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$77,976$37.49515
Alaska$73,892$35.52102
Arizona$84,605$40.68747
Arkansas$97,544$46.90349
California$103,410$49.725,160
Colorado$79,362$38.15970
Connecticut$105,320$50.63470
Delaware$93,037$44.73202
District of Columbia$97,223$46.74511
Florida$80,669$38.782,034
Georgia$86,813$41.741,459
Hawaii$64,627$31.07118
Idaho$85,449$41.08287
Illinois$82,346$39.591,721
Indiana$80,053$38.49903
Iowa$74,783$35.95437
Kansas$73,743$35.45470
Kentucky$82,015$39.43480
Louisiana$83,769$40.27359
Maine$73,503$35.34204
Maryland$98,041$47.141,345
Massachusetts$100,601$48.371,511
Michigan$82,673$39.751,036
Minnesota$76,609$36.831,027
Mississippi$77,394$37.21169
Missouri$83,601$40.19751
Montana$76,148$36.61204
Nebraska$88,586$42.59314
Nevada$98,458$47.34253
New Hampshire$89,554$43.05232
New Jersey$87,645$42.141,335
New Mexico$78,914$37.94279
New York$93,715$45.061,517
North Carolina$83,035$39.921,340
North Dakota$81,106$38.99130
Ohio$76,942$36.991,264
Oklahoma$71,550$34.40274
Oregon$107,541$51.70641
Pennsylvania$87,829$42.231,889
Rhode Island$83,966$40.37247
South Carolina$85,678$41.19356
South Dakota$75,744$36.42130
Tennessee$88,096$42.35584
Texas$82,233$39.543,260
Utah$91,201$43.85599
Vermont$79,225$38.09174
Virginia$89,485$43.022,306
Washington$106,339$51.121,034
West Virginia$79,697$38.32168
Wisconsin$82,293$39.56687
Wyoming$75,641$36.37114

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Highest Paying Cities For Game Developer

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CityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
San Francisco, CA$113,091$54.37
Vancouver, WA$108,789$52.30
Hillsboro, OR$107,327$51.60
Las Vegas, NV$96,914$46.59
New York, NY$94,322$45.35
Salt Lake City, UT$91,055$43.78

How much does a Game Developer make?

  • The average Game Developer makes $92,061 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a Game Developer is $44.26.
  • The average entry-level Game Developer salary is $67,000.
  • Highest paying states for Game Developer are Oregon ($107,541), Washington ($106,339), Connecticut ($107,541) and California ($107,541).
  • Highest paying cities for Game Developer are San Francisco, CA ($113,091), Vancouver, WA, Hillsboro, OR, Las Vegas, NV and New York, NY.
  • Game Developers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $67,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $126,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $108,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $77,000
  • Industries with the highest Game Developer salaries are Internet, Manufacturing and Hospitality.

Average Game Developer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Game Developer Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$92,100$44.26+3.3%
    2021$89,000$42.80+2.3%
    2020$87,000$41.83+1.8%
    2019$85,500$41.09+1.7%
    2018$84,000$40.40+1.8%

    How Much Do Game Developers Make In Different Industries?

    Game Developer salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with Internet, Manufacturing, and Hospitality companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a Game Developer can make a yearly salary of $92,837 while working for Internet companies. All the while, other Game Developers are making $92,724 at Manufacturing companies and $91,588 at Hospitality companies. One industry Game Developers may want to avoid is the Education industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $82,135.

    Highest Paying Industries For Game Developers

    RankIndustryAverage Game Developer SalaryGame Developer Salary Range
    1Internet
    $92,837
    $68k
    $114k
    2Manufacturing
    $92,724
    $68k
    $114k
    3Hospitality
    $91,588
    $68k
    $114k
    4Technology
    $89,871
    $68k
    $114k
    5Education
    $82,135
    $68k
    $114k

    High Paying Game Developer Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Game Developer Salary
    An application developer is responsible for creating program applications for devices based on clients' specifications and business needs. Application developers must have excellent knowledge of computer systems, as well as a strong command of programming languages to develop customized programs. Duties of an application developer also include running diagnostic tests to ensure the application's performance and stability, providing instruction manuals for reference, performing troubleshooting for any inconsistencies, upgrading design codes for optimization, and launching the application following the client's timetable.
    Development Team Member

    Avg. salary: $85,638

    A development team member performs various support tasks to help complete projects according to client specifications and requirements. In the information technology industry, a development team member writes codes, creates programs, implements test systems, troubleshoots issues, performs repairs and upgrades, maintains records, and presents reports to managers. In some establishments, they may also have clerical duties such as handling calls and correspondence, preparing and processing documentation, organizing files, arranging schedules, and maintaining a transparent and open communication line with staff for an efficient workflow.
    Mobile Applications Developer

    Avg. salary: $99,449

    A mobile application developer is responsible for designing programming applications for mobile devices according to clients' specifications and business demands. Mobile application developers must have excellent knowledge of the technology industry, as well as computer system commands to develop efficient scripts and smooth navigation of operating systems. They analyze the clients' needs and recommend application solutions within their budget limitations and timeframe. A mobile application developer identifies inconsistencies and glitches with the output before submission to ensure its stability and optimal performance.
    Developer/Consultant

    Avg. salary: $102,960

    A developer/consultant is responsible for developing system databases and applications, depending on the business' needs and clients' specifications. Developers/consultants design their services to manage optimal performance and maximize productivity for timely submission of projects, ensuring client satisfaction and loyalty. They also handle clients' inquiries and concerns, informing them about necessary adjustments to improve strategic procedures and processes. A developer/consultant must have excellent communication and analytical skills, as well as extensive experience with the technology industry.
    Software Developer Internship

    Avg. salary: $38,480

    A software developer intern is responsible for assisting the software engineers with the design implementation and shadowing their duties to understand the processes more efficiently. Software developer interns use their classroom knowledge on practical applications, suggesting recommendations on how to make the project successful. They also respond to clients' inquiries and concerns, attend meetings, and help with maintaining complex systems and networks. A software developer intern must have excellent communication skills, as well as having strong attention to detail and the ability to learn fast.
    Front End Developer

    Avg. salary: $90,498

    Front-end developers architect and develop applications and websites through web technologies. They are responsible for the implementation of visual elements that every user sees and interacts with on web applications. They are often supported by the back-end web developers who are in charge of server application logic and integration. They must know CSS or HTML. They should be equipped with CSS processing skills, browser developer tools, version control, JavaScript framework, and responsive design skills.
    Applications Developer

    Avg. salary: $92,312

    An application developer is responsible for creating program applications for devices based on clients' specifications and business needs. Application developers must have excellent knowledge of computer systems, as well as a strong command of programming languages to develop customized programs. Duties of an application developer also include running diagnostic tests to ensure the application's performance and stability, providing instruction manuals for reference, performing troubleshooting for any inconsistencies, upgrading design codes for optimization, and launching the application following the client's timetable.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Development Team Member$85,639$7,137$41.17412,943
    Mobile Applications Developer$99,449$8,287$47.81211,169
    Developer/Consultant$102,961$8,580$49.50296,325
    Software Developer Internship$38,481$3,207$18.50380,412
    Front End Developer$90,499$7,542$43.51238,275
    Applications Developer$92,312$7,693$44.38335,480
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    1. Microsoft Jobs (10)
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    Game Developer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a Game Developer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Game Developer Salary By Experience Level

    Experience LevelAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
    Entry Level$58,100$27.91
    Mid Level$81,500$39.19
    Senior Level$146,000$69.96

    Which Companies Pay Game Developers The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Microsoft and Raytheon as they offer the highest salaries for Game Developers.

    Highest Paying Companies For Game Developers

    RankCompanyZippia ScoreAverage Game Developer SalaryAverage Salary
    1$145,570
    2$105,092
    3$98,404
    4$97,544
    5$97,514
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    $97,196

    And if you're looking for a job, here are the five top employers hiring now:

    1. Microsoft Jobs (10)
    2. The Walt Disney Company Jobs (7)
    3. Electronic Arts Jobs (8)
    4. GSN Games Jobs (3)
    5. Intel Jobs (3)

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    Recently Added Game Developer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Randstad UsSR. Game DeveloperAustin, TX01/25/2022$100,000
    Randstad UsGaming DeveloperDearborn, MI01/13/2022$93,915
    New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUnity Game DeveloperNewark, NJ12/08/2021$33,392
    New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUnity Game DeveloperNewark, NJ12/08/2021$33,392
    Randstad UsGame Editor DeveloperRedmond, WA10/21/2021$89,741
    SAIC (Science Applications Int.)Junior Game DeveloperHuntsville, AL09/23/2021$50,001
    Randstad UsC++ Game DeveloperRedmond, WA08/31/2021$62,610
    IntelPrincipal Game Developer Relations EngineerHillsboro, OR08/06/2021$167,930
    Intel GmbHPrincipal Game Developer Relations EngineerWashington, DC08/02/2021$167,930
    IntelPrincipal Game Developer Relations EngineerHillsboro, OR07/23/2021$167,930

    Average Game Developer Salary by Demographic

    Game Developer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $89,786
    female-income
    Female Income
    $82,664
    GenderIncome
    Male$89,786
    Female$82,664
    Median Game Developer Income by Race
    Asian Game Developers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Game Developers have the lowest average salary at $81,323.
    $95,000
    $76,000
    $57,000
    $38,000
    $19,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino

    Game Developer Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$86,599
    Black or African American$81,323
    Asian$91,333
    Hispanic or Latino$84,423
    Average Game Developer Salary by Education Level
    Game Developers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $111,002 annually. With a Masters degree, Game Developers earn a median annual income of $98,806 compared to $89,786 for Game Developers with an Bachelors degree.
    $115,000
    $92,000
    $69,000
    $46,000
    $23,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree

    Game Developer Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    Master's Degree$98,806
    Bachelor's Degree$89,786
    Doctorate Degree$111,002