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Working As A PHP Programmer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A PHP Programmer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A PHP Programmer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in computer programming by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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PHP Programmer Career Paths

PHP Programmer
Programmer Programmer Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Java Developer
Lead Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Web Application Developer Software Engineer
Software Engineer-Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
PHP Developer Developer Systems Analyst
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
PHP Developer Developer Applications Developer
Lead Application Developer
6 Yearsyrs
PHP Developer Developer Mobile Applications Developer
Senior Mobile Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Software Architect
Senior Software Architect
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Java Programmer Senior Java Developer Senior Web Developer
Senior PHP Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Java Programmer Senior Java Developer
Senior Software Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Lead Programmer 3.2 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
PHP Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
PHP Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
PHP Programmer 1.0 years
Top Careers Before PHP Programmer
Programmer 18.2%
Internship 3.6%
Top Careers After PHP Programmer
Programmer 10.5%
Developer 6.3%
Owner 2.1%
Consultant 1.8%

Do you work as a PHP Programmer?

Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Age Inc.
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does an PHP Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a PHP Programmer in the United States is $80,382 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $111,000.

Real PHP Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Drupal/Php Programmer New Target, Inc. Alexandria, VA Sep 16, 2016 $102,000
PHP Programmer Kitara Media, LLC Jersey City, NJ Feb 09, 2015 $89,378
PHP Progrmmer Age of Learning, Inc. Glendale, CA Jan 20, 2015 $87,000
PHP Programmer Kitara Media LLC Jersey City, NJ Dec 31, 2014 $80,363
PHP Programmer Supna Technologies New York, NY May 21, 2012 $80,000
PHP Programmmer Supna Technologies Corporation New York, NY May 21, 2012 $80,000
Php/Mysql Programmer Bonkai, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 02, 2012 $78,000
PHP Programmer Icanbuy Corporation Santa Ana, CA Mar 29, 2011 $72,000
PHP Programmer Icanbuy Corporation Santa Ana, CA Apr 11, 2011 $72,000
Web PHP Programmer Buzz All Stars, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 15, 2011 $72,000
PHP Programmer Sproutloud Media Networks, LLC. Sunrise, FL Oct 01, 2010 $65,000
PHP Programmer Valiantica Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2014 $62,610
PHP Programmer Valiantica Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2014 $61,589
Drupal/Php Programmer New Target, Inc. Alexandria, VA Sep 15, 2013 $60,000
PHP-Programmer Analyst Promotions Distributor Services Corp CA Nov 28, 2011 $56,391
PHP-Programmer Analyst GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc. CA Nov 28, 2011 $56,391
Php-Programmer Analyst Promotions Distributor Services Corp CA Sep 03, 2012 $56,391
PHP Programmer Delivery Concepts LLC New York, NY Sep 11, 2012 $55,000
PHP Programmer Intelligent Contacts Inc. Plano, TX Oct 01, 2015 $50,000 -
$70,000
PHP Programmer Intelligent Contacts Inc. Plano, TX Jan 02, 2012 $50,000 -
$70,000
PHP Programmer Intelligent Contacts Inc. Plano, TX Oct 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$70,000
PHP Programmer DD Electronics, LLC Houston, TX Dec 21, 2009 $50,000
PHP Programmer DD Electronics LLC Houston, TX Dec 21, 2009 $50,000

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Top Skills for A PHP Programmer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. PHP
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  • Created and designed web applications and individual personalized web pages for clients needing recognition programs.
  • Developed PL/SQL blocks for Inventory management system for BVD Apps.
  • Developed many generalized functions in PHP.
  • Created web pages using appropriate XHTML, CSS, JAVASCRIPT, XML technologies as required.
  • Designed the database schema and ensured proper database design using database normalization techniques.

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Top 10 Best States for PHP Programmers

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  4. Washington
  5. Virginia
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  7. Rhode Island
  8. California
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PHP Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.1%

Unknown

18.5%

Female

14.4%
Ethnicity

White

50.1%

Asian

23.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

20.0%

Mandarin

20.0%

German

10.0%

Cantonese

10.0%

French

10.0%

Serbian

10.0%

Spanish

10.0%

Korean

10.0%
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PHP Programmer Education

Schools

Maharishi University of Management

8.3%

Kansas State University

6.3%

University of Washington

6.3%

University of Central Florida

6.3%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

6.3%

University of California - Irvine

6.3%

University of Oregon

6.3%

University of South Florida

4.2%

Oregon State University

4.2%

Texas State University

4.2%

East Tennessee State University

4.2%

Western Washington University

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Stevens-Henager College (Orem)

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Hult International Business School

4.2%

Utah State University

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

Florida State University

4.2%

University of Chicago

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

50.0%

Computer Engineering

7.5%

Information Technology

7.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Information Systems

3.8%

Business

3.8%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Biology

1.9%

Information Sciences

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

0.9%

Theology

0.9%

Physics

0.9%

Medical Illustration And Informatics

0.9%

Civil Engineering

0.9%

Engineering

0.9%

Animation

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.3%

Masters

32.6%

Other

14.0%

Associate

4.5%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.8%

Certificate

0.4%
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