Earning fat stacks
Java devs among best-paid in industry
Ever wondered if the grass might be greener – financially speaking, at least – if you worked with a different language? According to stats compiled by Ben Podgursky, a software engineer at advertising data company LiveRamp, you’re best off sticking with Java.
Podgursky has previously used Rapleaf data to visualise the demographics of various GitHub organisations, with Netflix coming out on top as the highest-paying and Cloud Foundry apparently the “most female”.
This time round, he’s made use of this data to calculate the average household income for developers of each language – and found that Java ranks as the third best-paying mainstream language, above the likes of Ruby, C and Perl.
For each repository composed at least 50% of a certain language, Podgursky aggregated the income of the developers involved and then calculated the overall average.
The results mostly match up with established preconceptions of different languages. Java, being heavily used in the enterprise, pays very well with an average salary of $103,179. Groovy and Scala developers are near the top, earning on average $102,650 and $101,460 respectively.
However, all are far above the median household income in the US ($51,144 according to a 2011 census). Regardless of your preferred language, it seems that coding continues to be pretty lucrative – at least, if your company open-sources its products.
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