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Average software developer remuneration globally 2020, by role

Engineering manager is the highest-earning software development job worldwide as of early 2020, with the average annual salary amounting to around 92,000 U.S. dollars. Site reliability engineer and DevOps specialist are the other developer jobs with high salaries.

Software developer

A software developer, or more commonly known as a programmer or a coder, is a person who creates software by using computer languages. There are two main types of software developers: application developer – those who design computer or mobile applications – and system developer – those who focus on operating systems-level software and network distribution software. In 2019, there were around 23.9 million software developers worldwide.

Programming languages

A programming language is a formal language that instruct a computer or computing device to perform certain tasks. Languages that software developers use to write code are called “high-level languages”; these can be complied into a “low-level language” which can be understood by the computer hardware. Programming languages that are most used by developers include JavaScript, HTML/CSS, SQL, and Python. Perl, Scala, Go, and Rust, on the other hand, are the languages associated with the highest salaries.

Average salaries of software developers worldwide as of early 2020, by role

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

February 2020

Number of respondents

34,279 respondents

Special properties

Software developers

Method of interview

Online survey

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