Which Is the Highest-Paying Country for a Programmer?

IT Salaries: Which Is the Highest-Paying Country for a Software Developer?
Apr 20, 2015
This post was updated on May 24, 2017

About two years ago, we posted a short overview of the highest-paying countries for software engineers. This stirred considerable interest at the time, so we’ve decided to update the study to include more recent information.

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.

We also provide a more detailed description of developer salaries in European countries depending on experience (entry-level, mid-career, and senior) and tech skills (Java, C++, C#, .NET, JavaScript, PHP).

 

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.

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The US is followed by Switzerland, which offers developers close to $82K per year. $65K–$69K is the average salary range for Israel, Norway, and Denmark.

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