We’ve been publishing our salary overview for three years in a row now. Last year’s article proved to be rather popular among our readers. That’s why we updated the information and are happy to present the most relevant data as of the beginning of 2018.
What follows is a salary comparison that includes the average annual incomes of software engineers in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Israel, the UK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
General Salary Comparison
Quite predictably, with an average annual developer salary of $90K, the US tops our list of the highest-paying countries for software engineers.
The US is followed by Switzerland, which offers developers close to $86K per year. $70K is the average salary for Israel, Norway, and Denmark.
Average Software Engineer Salaries Worldwide, February 2018
Meanwhile, in Germany, the UK, and Sweden, computer programmers can expect to make between $53K and $59K annually. Software engineers that live in Finland and the Netherlands command slightly lower salaries — between $47K and $51K. France closes the list with $44K on offer.
Average Software Engineer Salaries in Europe, February 2018
Developer Salaries Based on Experience, February 2018
To put this into perspective, the average salary of a developer in Ukraine, where we build, maintain, and retain software development teams for our clients, hovers around the $27K mark. Bear in mind though, that the actual annual income of Ukrainian software engineers can be much lower as well as significantly higher than this national average depending on the city they live in, their tech stack, and the level of experience they possess.
The Average Developer Salaries in the US
According to Indeed’s salary calculator, developer salaries in the US range from about $65,204 to $115,593, with a median of $92,240 per year.
It is worth mentioning that although we didn’t include Python in this overview, we conducted a separate piece of research on Python developer salaries in the US a while ago. Our results showed that the US national average for Python engineers is nearly $110K per year.
Average Software Developer Salaries in the US, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$65,204|
|Senior software engineer||$115,593|
The Average Developer Salaries in Switzerland
In Switzerland, entry-level software developers generally make close to $84K per year, while senior engineers make approximately $115K (according to PayScale). Overall, the average programmer salary in Switzerland is $88,133.
Average Software Developer Salaries in Switzerland, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$83,688|
|Mid-career software developer||$98,740|
|Senior software engineer||$115,640|
The Average Developer Salaries in Denmark
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According to PayScale, the average developer salary in Denmark is $70,082. Depending on experience, software engineer salaries can range from $64,277 to $77,563.
When it comes to programming languages, C# engineers make about $65K per year, while .NET developers enjoy a higher income — close to $75K. The average Java developer salary in Denmark is $70,380 per year.
Average Software Developer Salaries in Denmark, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$64,277|
|Mid-career software developer||$76,720|
|Senior software engineer||$77,563|
The Average Developer Salaries in Norway
The salaries of Norwegian programmers range from about $67K to $85K, with the average at $70,776, according to PayScale.
Average Software Developer Salaries in Norway, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$67,301|
|Mid-career software developer||$76,748|
|Senior software engineer||$85,360|
The Average Developer Salaries in Israel
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According to PayScale, software engineer salaries in Israel range from about $60K to $100K, with the median at $69K per annum.
Average Software Developer Salaries in Israel, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$59,846|
|Mid-career software developer||$81,421|
|Senior software engineer||$100,093|
The Average Developer Salaries in Sweden
In Sweden, the average entry-level programmer will make somewhere in the region of $49K per year, while their senior colleagues command salaries that are about $20K higher. According to PayScale, the average developer salary is Sweden is $53,469.
Average Software Developer Salaries in Sweden, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$49,158|
|Mid-career software developer||$57,658|
|Senior software engineer||$68,210|
The Average Developer Salaries in the UK
According to ITJobsWatch, the average software engineer salary in the UK is $59,268. However, salaries can range from $38K to as high as $76K depending on the developer’s level of experience.
Average Software Developer Salaries in the UK, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$38,278|
|Senior software engineer||$76,555|
The Average Developer Salaries in Germany
The average developer salary in Germany is $57,345. Entry-level programmers make less than the national average — over $53K.
Average Software Developer Salaries in Germany, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$53,810|
|Mid-career software developer||$62,201|
|Senior software engineer||$73,422|
The Average Developer Salaries in the Netherlands
According to PayScale, software developer salaries in the Netherlands range from about $46K to $67K, with $51,914 being the national average.
Average Software Developer Salaries in the Netherlands, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$46,431|
|Mid-career software developer||$60,833|
|Senior software engineer||$67,277|
The Average Developer Salaries in Finland
According to PayScale, entry-level programmers in Finland make close to $45K per year, while the salaries of senior engineers hover around the $65K mark. The median programmer salary in Finland is $47,883.
Average Software Developer Salaries in Finland, February 2018
|Entry-level software developer||$44,740|
|Mid-career software developer||$54,208|
|Senior software engineer||$65,031|
Tech Salary Trends for 2018
As the need for technical skills continues to grow and the supply of tech talent remains lower than the demand, IT workers will continue to negotiate higher wages. In the US, for one, the tech salaries in 2018 are expected to increase by nearly 3% on average.
The 2018 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide forecasts that the salaries of C++, AJAX, PHP, and .NET developers will increase by 5–10% in 2018. However, the increase will differ from state to state. While engineers in Minnesota will enjoy a pay raise of about 6%, North Carolina developers will experience no positive salary shifts.
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