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Java Developer Average Salary in United States 2021

How much money does a Java Developer make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
98,100 USD
( 8,170 USD monthly)


A person working as a Java Developer in United States typically earns around 98,100 USD per year. Salaries range from 47,100 USD (lowest) to 154,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Java Developer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Java Developer Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Java Developer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Java Developer salaries in United States range from 47,100 USD per year (minimum salary) to 154,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 102,000 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Java Developer(s) are earning less than 102,000 USD while the other half are earning more than 102,000 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Java Developer(s) are earning less than 67,100 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 67,100 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Java Developer(s) are earning less than 133,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 133,000 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Java Developer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Java Developer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Java Developer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Java Developer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 55,100 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 78,100 USD per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 103,000 USD per year, 31% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Java Developer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 126,000 USD per year, 23% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 134,000 USD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 147,000 USD per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Java Developer average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
55,100 USD
2 - 5 Years+42%
78,100 USD
5 - 10 Years+31%
103,000 USD
10 - 15 Years+23%
126,000 USD
15 - 20 Years+6%
134,000 USD
20+ Years+10%
147,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Java Developer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Java Developer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Java Developer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Java Developer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Java Developer is 68,500 USD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 109,000 USD per year, 59% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 145,000 USD per year, 33% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Java Developer average salary difference by education level in United States

Certificate or Diploma
68,500 USD
Bachelor's Degree+59%
109,000 USD
Master's Degree+33%
145,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Java Developer Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Java Developer employees in United States earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

101,000 USD
96,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Java Developer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Java Developer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Java Developer

Java Developer(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Java Developer Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Java Developer
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A Java Developer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Java Developer Average Hourly Wage in United States

47 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 47 USD. This means that the average Java Developer in United States earns approximately 47 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Java Developer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Java Developer and Information Technology yearly United States
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The average salary for Java Developer is 13% more than that of Developers and Programmers. Also, Developers and Programmers salaries are 9% less than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
ABAP Developer85,400 USD-13%
Android Developer91,900 USD-6%
Angular Developer86,400 USD-12%
AS400 Programmer93,700 USD-4%
Avaloq Developer88,400 USD-10%
BizTalk Developer 93,700 USD-4%
Build and Release Engineer84,300 USD-14%
Business Intelligence Developer98,800 USD+1%
Business Objects Developer87,200 USD-11%
C# Developer100,000 USD+2%
C++ Developer104,000 USD+6%
CMS Developer79,100 USD-19%
Curam Developer76,400 USD-22%
Developer / Programmer89,600 USD-9%
Flash Developer79,300 USD-19%
Front End Developer76,000 USD-23%
Full Stack Developer98,700 USD+1%
Game Developer86,200 USD-12%
GIS Developer92,400 USD-6%
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer82,800 USD-16%
Graphics Programmer83,300 USD-15%
Imaging Programmer85,200 USD-13%
IOS Developer99,500 USD+1%
Java Developer98,100 USD+0%
Javascript Developer87,600 USD-11%
Lead Developer112,000 USD+14%
Mobile Developer92,500 USD-6%
Multimedia Developer81,800 USD-17%
Nodejs Developer96,100 USD-2%
Oracle Developer97,000 USD-1%
Perl Developer81,700 USD-17%
PHP Developer79,500 USD-19%
Python Developer94,700 USD-3%
Remedy Developer77,900 USD-21%
Ruby Developer83,600 USD-15%
Salesforce Developer70,300 USD-28%
SAS Programmer87,900 USD-10%
Sharepoint Developer95,200 USD-3%
Software Development Manager127,000 USD+29%
Software QA Engineer82,300 USD-16%
Software Test Engineer80,000 USD-18%
Teradata Developer76,000 USD-23%
TIBCO Developer75,600 USD-23%
User Experience Designer82,200 USD-16%
VB Developer71,200 USD-27%
VB.NET Developer96,800 USD-1%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta93,800 USD
Austin115,000 USD
Baltimore97,600 USD
Boston106,000 USD
Bristol80,700 USD
Chicago121,000 USD
Cincinnati90,000 USD
Cleveland85,300 USD
Dallas108,000 USD
Denver107,000 USD
Detroit102,000 USD
Honolulu83,300 USD
Houston116,000 USD
Indianapolis107,000 USD
Iowa City81,200 USD
Jacksonville111,000 USD
Kansas City94,600 USD
Kent83,200 USD
Las Vegas99,400 USD
Long Beach92,300 USD
Los Angeles114,000 USD
Memphis102,000 USD
Miami93,500 USD
Minneapolis88,000 USD
New Orleans94,700 USD
New York123,000 USD
Oakland89,100 USD
Oklahoma City104,000 USD
Orlando82,100 USD
Philadelphia113,000 USD
Phoenix115,000 USD
Sacramento96,500 USD
San Antonio111,000 USD
San Diego118,000 USD
San Francisco110,000 USD
San Jose115,000 USD
Seattle108,000 USD
Tampa87,300 USD
Vancouver82,400 USD
Washington D.C.107,000 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama102,000 USD
Alaska87,600 USD
Arizona103,000 USD
Arkansas104,000 USD
California117,000 USD
Colorado104,000 USD
Connecticut99,900 USD
Delaware91,600 USD
District of Columbia88,500 USD
Florida109,000 USD
Georgia116,000 USD
Hawaii98,200 USD
Idaho96,900 USD
Illinois113,000 USD
Indiana107,000 USD
Iowa97,200 USD
Kansas95,900 USD
Kentucky97,500 USD
Louisiana106,000 USD
Maine96,700 USD
Maryland108,000 USD
Massachusetts106,000 USD
Michigan109,000 USD
Minnesota102,000 USD
Mississippi94,500 USD
Missouri100,000 USD
Montana96,500 USD
Nebraska98,400 USD
Nevada99,200 USD
New Hampshire93,900 USD
New Jersey108,000 USD
New Mexico94,400 USD
New York109,000 USD
North Carolina104,000 USD
North Dakota93,000 USD
Ohio114,000 USD
Oklahoma102,000 USD
Oregon101,000 USD
Pennsylvania110,000 USD
Rhode Island89,200 USD
South Carolina98,600 USD
South Dakota95,900 USD
Tennessee110,000 USD
Texas116,000 USD
Utah97,400 USD
Vermont89,200 USD
Virginia107,000 USD
Washington104,000 USD
West Virginia91,500 USD
Wisconsin109,000 USD
Wyoming91,300 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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