Game Developer Salary Survey Results
According to Game Developer magazine, the average salary of those involved with the industry increased slightly in 2007. Last year, it was $73,600 while it was $73,316 in 2006, and although the rise is barely noticeable, the number itself remains quite impressive.
The 2008 edition of the Game Developer magazine issued their findings from the survey, and broke out the various industry jobs into separate categories. The field of business and marketing leads the pack, with an average annual salary of $101,848, and experienced executives pulling in $132,305. Programmers are a distant second with an average annual salary of $83,383, but they're also one of the most educated groups: 50% hold bachelor's degrees and 26% have completed some graduate work. Production sits in third at $78,716, and then comes Audio at $73,409, arts and animation at $66,594, Game Design at $63,649, and Quality Assurance varies; it ranges from $39,063 to "Q/A leads with more than 6 years of experience," who average $70,658. In short, it's a great time to be in this continually burgeoning industry.
"Our Salary Survey continues to provide canonical information on the state of game pay," said Simon Carless, publisher of Game Developer magazine. "We hope the data presented by Game Developer magazine will serve to both encourage aspiring developers, as well as focus the attention of increasingly important new industry positions such as community managers."
4/14/2008 Ben Dutka