Tech jobs are constantly on the rise, and the tech recruitment train is showing no signs of slowing down. As a consequence, the technical hiring industry will become even more competitive in years to come.
Newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that from 2018 to 2028 the projected growth of development-related jobs is over four-times bigger than those of all occupations (21 percent vs. 5 percent).
Since developers are in such demand, it’s no wonder that software development is considered a good career choice. Not all tech jobs are equal in terms of pay, though.
As a recruiter hiring in a competitive industry, it benefits you to be aware of which skills other employers are willing to pay more for. In this article, you’ll discover the highest-paying tech jobs as of 2019 along with pay-related tips for tech HR professionals. The insights presented below come from numerous studies and resources on the subject from industry leaders including Stack Overflow, Dice, and Glassdoor.
Key Factors Affecting Developer Salary
Before delving into the detailed skills and job titles, let’s first look at how much developers make in the U.S. According to Glassdoor data, the average base pay for all U.S. software developers is $80,018 annually as of October 2019.
However, there are a number of factors affecting salary level, including:
- Tech stack
- Job title
- Core and additional skills
- Location and location quotient
Let’s take a closer look at how job titles, tech stack, industry, and company all contribute to a developer’s compensation.
Highest-paying Tech Jobs: Job Titles and Tech Stack
The top 10 highest-paying tech jobs according to industry leader Stack Overflow are:
- Engineering Manager: $89K
- DevOps Specialist: $72K
- Data Scientists/Machine Learning Scientist: $60K
- Data or Business Analyst: $59K
- Embedded applications or devices developer: $59K
- Full-stack developer: $59K
- Desktop or enterprise applications developer: $57K
- Back-end developer: $56K
- System administrator: $56K
- QA or test developer $55K
Some tech stacks are typically associated with higher-than-average compensation. As we’ve shown before, the average salary for all software developers in the U.S. reaches… Read more here