Developer salaries are starting to fall in recent years.
According to a new survey by the research firm Demos, the median developer salary fell from $61,000 to $49,000 in 2017.
Developer salaries for 2017 are up 6.5% over 2016, while the median salary for developers in the United States fell by 2.5%.
The Demos survey also found that developers who are based in the San Francisco Bay Area saw a 15% decrease in their median salary.
Demos also surveyed developers in Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Singapore and found that their median salaries fell by 1.5%, 6.1%, and 6.4%, respectively.
Developer earnings are currently $55,000 lower than their 2016 peak, and the average developer salary is down 12.5%; this is the second consecutive year of decline.
A spokesperson for the company told Ars that “developers continue to be the most vulnerable workers in our economy, and it’s no surprise that this is a concern.
DemOS is proud of our record of keeping salaries low, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done to ensure our industry is strong and competitive.”
Developer salaries in the U.S. were estimated to be $64,000 last year, down by 7.6%.
It’s not clear whether this is just a reflection of a decline in developers, or whether developers’ overall pay is dropping because they’re working more.
According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for software developers was $69,000 for 2017, up 5.5 percent from 2016.
According an analysis of data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, there were 4.6 million full-time developers working in the US in 2017, a 5.2 percent increase over 2016.
The average developer also saw their annual salary rise to $61.6, up 2.7 percent from $58.2 in 2016.
Developers are also taking longer to finish their projects, according to Demos.
The median developer completed their first project in 2020, up from 1.3 years in 2016, and this year they took longer to complete their projects than any other time since 2010.
Developers’ average time to completion for their projects fell from 15 months in 2020 to 11 months in 2017; this means developers are completing projects a little more slowly than their counterparts in the past.
Dem and Demos surveyed developers on the development of projects, and found they were generally satisfied with the process, and they felt that they were earning enough money to support themselves and their families.
Developers were generally more satisfied with how their projects were received by the wider community than those in the industry, with 51% of developers saying they had positive interactions with developers, and 39% saying they were more satisfied than they were last year.
Developers also reported having greater satisfaction with their work when it came to how it was used and developed.
Developers in the Demos study were also more satisfied that their projects have been published, and their team was working on the project in a timely fashion.
Dem is also looking into whether developers are being compensated more based on the type of projects they create.
In the DemOS survey, 47% of respondents reported they were receiving less than their usual share of compensation, and 48% said they were paid less than what they were expected to earn.
Dem has conducted a similar survey in the UK, and noted that the median developers salary in the country dropped 5.3 percent in the year ending March 2018, to £52,500.
Developers there reported lower pay than those who work in the technology sector in the USA and Australia, but this may have more to do with the fact that developers in those countries tend to have less experience in the field.
Developer wages across the US are still higher than in Japan and Korea, but Dem says that the gap is narrowing.
Dem estimates that the average salary for programmers in the American tech sector is $65,000, but developers in both the U and the UK reported that their salaries are up 7.5 to $73,000.
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