Okay, so you learned to code. Now what?
The software industry is exploding, and there’s an unprecedented demand for folks with technical skills all over the world. But not all skillsets are created equal.
More than 50,000 developers responded to Stack Overflow’s annual developer survey– the absolute best look at the state of the technology industry, as reported by the people actually working in it.
These are the top-paying job titles you should be shooting for if you want to make six figures in the tech world, as reported by the developers and administrators working in the industry.
System Administrators are the men and women who make sure that the company’s IT stays up and running. They make an average of $79,684 a year.
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Front-end web developers make $97,016 a year. They’re the ones who build the the parts of websites that you actually see and use, and are usually very visual learners and thinkers.
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But if you’re a full-stack web developer — meaning you’re a generalist who can juggle both the interactive part of the site, as well as the technical backend that makes it run — you’ll earn $100,273.
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Desktop developers specialize in software for Windows and Mac. They make $100,806 a year on average.
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Mobile developers for operating systems like Google’s Android make a little bit more, at $104,648 a year.
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Specialists in back-end web development, a technically demanding role that demands a lot of specialized knowledge of the plumbing that makes websites work, can make $108,580.
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“DevOps” is still a very new term that combines “developer” and “operations.” The responsibilities can be vague, but generally hinge on helping build and maintain next-generation apps on cutting-edge cloud computing platforms. A DevOps pro can make $109,640.
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The world of technology is a vast and varied place, and you might run into people with job titles that don’t quite fit in here. And if you’re in Silicon Valley, you might run into the engineer with “Wizard” or “Ninja” on her business card. Those varied job titles make an average of $110,442.
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Embedded application developers work on high-reliability, high-security, high-expectation software that goes directly into devices like voting machines, smart stethoscopes, and even cars like Tesla’s. Embedded developers can make $110,889.
Developers with backgrounds in math or statistics can make $111,656…
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But a data scientist, a hardcore specialist in how to manipulate and get answers from data, can make even more, at a $115,244 average annual salary.
Android may be the most popular operating system in the world, but Apple’s iOS for iPhone and iPad is a lot more lucrative. iPhone app developers can make $115,460 a year.
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Building software for average folks is one thing. But if you can develop software explicitly for a big business audience, you can make $121,908 a year.
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And, of course, it’s good to be the boss. Engineering managers, in charge of teams of developers and programmers, can make $143,122.
And if you can make your way to the top of the tech ladder, C-level executives can make $150,314 per year. That includes job titles like Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, or so on.