GAME DEVELOPER SALARY AVERAGES


A job as a video game developer can pay quite favorably if you stick with the industry. Junior positions start off with reasonable pay which can roughly double by the time you have been in the industry for six years or more. Salary varies depending on the job type, with the highest pay usually going to tougher jobs or roles that demand more responsibility. This page lists the average salaries for each game development discipline based on years in the industry. All figures are from the period of January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010 [ source ].

Game Designers

Years of experience
Percent of designers
Average salary
Three years or less
17 percent
$46,214
Three to six years
41 percent
$62,554
Six years or more
42 percent
$86,160

Game Artists

Years of experience
Percent of artists
Average salary
Three years or less
17 percent
$45,714
Three to six years
42 percent
$61,898
Six years or more
41 percent
$91,723

Game Programmers

Years of experience
Percent of programmers
Average salary
Three years or less
20 percent
$55,426
Three to six years
38 percent
$76,413
Six years or more
42 percent
$107,888

Audio Artists

Years of experience
Percent of audio artists
Average salary
Three years or less
24 percent
$39,375
Three to six years
41 percent
$67,143
Six years or more
35 percent
$88,333

Producers

Years of experience
Percent of producers
Average salary
Three years or less
11 percent
$51,324
Three to six years
35 percent
$72,136
Six years or more
54 percent
$106,395

QA Testers

Years of experience
Percent of QA testers
Average salary
Three years or less
23 percent
$36,136
Three to six years
46 percent
$45,769
Six years or more
31 percent
$63,125

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