These Are the Highest-Paying Programming Languages [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 10, 2015

12:30 pm

Today, Startup Compass released the results of a global survey of engineers that provides a wealth of information about startup salaries – including the highest-paying programming languages.

Published as “How Much Should You Pay Your Engineers?,” the results are based on a study of Startup Compass members plus data pulled from oDeskElanceToptalGlassdoorAngelList, and Payscale

The engineers surveyed include not just startup employees, but also freelancers and employees at more traditional IT firms. The highest-paying programming languages were:

1. C++: $110,000
2. Python: ~$102,000
3. C: $100,000
4. AWS: ~$95,000
5. C#: ~$92,000
6. Ruby: $90,000
7. Java: $90,000
8. SQL: $80,000
9. JavaScript: ~$78,000
10. Objective C: ~$76,000
11. PHP: ~$76,000
12. CSS: ~$64,000
13. JavaScript (design): $60,000
14. CSS (design): $60,000

(We published a ranking of the highest-paying programming languages before, by Quartz. The numbers vary, but both sources seem to agree that Python and C++ are quite lucrative.)

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Whether you’re a CEO paying the salaries or an engineer looking to get a fair deal, the infographic below will give you insights on: 

  • The highest-paying positions: Find out how much you can expect to make as a VP of engineering/CTO, architect, mobile developer, backend developer, frontend developer, user interface developer, QA engineer, data scientist, database engineer, software architect, network engineer, system administrator, firmware engineer, or mobile developer.
  • Which companies pay the most: Find out how salary differs at startups, traditional IT firms, or as a freelancer; and how startup size and funding affect your salary.
  • How experience affects salary (from 0-20 years)
  • What kind of raises engineers get over time.
  • How much equity to expect as a VP of engineering, CTO, or developer.
  • Which countries have the highest salaries.

Highest paying programming languages

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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