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Senior Game Developer Salary

$21,500 - $35,499
2% of jobs
$35,500 - $49,499
1% of jobs
$49,500 - $63,499
3% of jobs
$63,500 - $77,499
6% of jobs
$91,000 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers.
$77,500 - $91,499
12% of jobs
$91,500 - $105,499
18% of jobs
The average salary is $113,296 a year
$105,500 - $119,499
18% of jobs
$119,500 - $133,499
11% of jobs
$139,000 is the 75th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$133,500 - $147,499
9% of jobs
$160,000 is the 90th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$147,500 - $161,499
10% of jobs
$161,500 - $175,500
4% of jobs
National Average
$21,500 $113,296 /year $175,500
$54 /hour
$1,792 - $2,958
2% of jobs
$2,958 - $4,125
1% of jobs
$4,125 - $5,292
3% of jobs
$5,292 - $6,458
6% of jobs
$7,583 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers.
$6,458 - $7,625
12% of jobs
$7,625 - $8,792
18% of jobs
The average salary is $9,441 a month
$8,792 - $9,958
18% of jobs
$9,958 - $11,125
11% of jobs
$11,583 is the 75th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$11,125 - $12,292
9% of jobs
$13,333 is the 90th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$12,292 - $13,458
10% of jobs
$13,458 - $14,625
4% of jobs
National Average
$1,792 $9,441 /month $14,625
$54 /hour
$413 - $683
2% of jobs
$683 - $952
1% of jobs
$952 - $1,221
3% of jobs
$1,221 - $1,490
6% of jobs
$1,750 is the 25th percentile. Wages below this are outliers.
$1,490 - $1,760
12% of jobs
$1,760 - $2,029
18% of jobs
The average wage is $2,178 a week
$2,029 - $2,298
18% of jobs
$2,298 - $2,567
11% of jobs
$2,673 is the 75th percentile. Wages above this are outliers.
$2,567 - $2,837
9% of jobs
$3,076 is the 90th percentile. Wages above this are outliers.
$2,837 - $3,106
10% of jobs
$3,106 - $3,375
4% of jobs
National Average
$413 $2,178 /week $3,375
$54 /hour
$10.34 - $17.07
2% of jobs
$17.07 - $23.80
1% of jobs
$23.80 - $30.53
3% of jobs
$30.53 - $37.26
6% of jobs
$43.75 is the 25th percentile. Wages below this are outliers.
$37.26 - $43.99
12% of jobs
$43.99 - $50.72
18% of jobs
The average wage is $54.47 an hour
$50.72 - $57.45
18% of jobs
$57.45 - $64.18
11% of jobs
$66.83 is the 75th percentile. Wages above this are outliers.
$64.18 - $70.91
9% of jobs
$76.92 is the 90th percentile. Wages above this are outliers.
$70.91 - $77.64
10% of jobs
$77.64 - $84.38
4% of jobs
National Average
$10.34 $54 /hour $84.38
  Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $160,000 $13,333 $3,076 $77
75th Percentile $139,000 $11,583 $2,673 $67
Average $113,296 $9,441 $2,178 $54
25th Percentile $91,000 $7,583 $1,750 $44
Senior Game Developer Salary Comparison by Location
Nationwide
United States
$113,296
$9,441
$2,178
$54
Ashburn, VA
Virginia
$114,850
$9,571
$2,209
$55

How much does a Senior Game Developer make?

As of Sep 13, 2021, the average annual pay for a Senior Game Developer in the United States is $113,296 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $54.47 an hour. This is the equivalent of $2,179/week or $9,441/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $175,500 and as low as $21,500, the majority of Senior Game Developer salaries currently range between $91,000 (25th percentile) to $139,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $160,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Senior Game Developer varies greatly (by as much as $48,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Senior Game Developer job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A Senior Game Developer in your area makes on average $114,850 per year, or $1,554 (1%) more than the national average annual salary of $113,296. Virginia ranks number 19 out of 50 states nationwide for Senior Game Developer salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Senior Game Developer jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

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What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Senior Game Developer Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Senior Game Developer job is above the national average. Topping the list is New York City, NY, with San Mateo, CA and Boston, MA close behind in the second and third positions. Boston, MA beats the national average by $12,990 (11.5%), and New York City, NY furthers that trend with another $18,935 (16.7%) above the $113,296 average.

Significantly, New York City, NY has a very active Senior Game Developer job market as there are several companies currently hiring for this type of role.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Senior Game Developer appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 7% between New York City, NY and Richmond, CA, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Senior Game Developer role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
New York City, NY$132,231$11,019$2,543$63.57
San Mateo, CA$130,485$10,874$2,509$62.73
Boston, MA$126,286$10,524$2,429$60.71
Juneau, AK$126,272$10,523$2,428$60.71
Berkeley, CA$125,405$10,450$2,412$60.29
Daly City, CA$125,051$10,421$2,405$60.12
Santa Monica, CA$124,821$10,402$2,400$60.01
Quincy, MA$124,303$10,359$2,390$59.76
Renton, WA$124,237$10,353$2,389$59.73
Richmond, CA$123,139$10,262$2,368$59.20

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related Senior Game Developer Jobs in the U.S.

We found a few related jobs that pay more than jobs in the Senior Game Developer category.

For example Game Designer jobs pay as much as $16,704 (14.7%) more than the average Senior Game Developer salary of $113,296.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Game Designer$130,000$10,833$2,500$62.50
Game Engine Developer$116,332$9,694$2,237$55.93
Senior Game Programmer$116,250$9,688$2,236$55.89
Game Engineer$112,320$9,360$2,160$54.00
Lead Game Developer$108,209$9,017$2,081$52.02
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.
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