Hello Asiajin readers,
I, Yusuke ANDO (aka yandod), was asked by Asiajin to write about my presentation on PHP developers’ and other software engineers’ salaries and communities at the 40th Monthly PHP Study Meeting Kanto (Tokyo and surrounding area) this month.
I referred to some surveys in my report[J].
Asial Inc. published a survey of Japanese PHP users[J], which is based on a questionnaire from the Japan PHP Conference (PHP is one of the most popular web languages in Japan).
The survey results show a breakdown of the attendees’ salaries.
|Salary (in USD)||# of answers||Percent|
|less than $ 21,505||13||9.09%|
|less than $ 32,258||17||11.89%|
|less than $ 43,010||37||25.87%|
|less than $ 53,763||44||30.77%|
|less than $ 64,516||11||7.69%|
|less than $ 75,268||9||6.29%|
|less than $ 107,526||9||6.29%|
|more than $ 107,526||3||2.10%|
As can be seen, quite a large portion of PHP engineers get paid under $54,446.
Workport published a newsletter[J], which shows that the number of PHP jobs is high, ranked 4th following Java, C and C++, with a higher demand than other web scripting languages (Perl, Ruby, Python).
The survey also shows average salary by programming language. The list of the top 10 does not include PHP.
|Rank||Language||Avg. Salary (USD)||Avg. Raise from Previous Year (USD)|
|1||C#||$ 67,408||$ 6,193|
|2||C||$ 59,172||$ 1,534|
|3||COBOL||$ 57,967||$ 1,441|
|4||ASP.NET||$ 61,000||$ 1,432|
|5||VisualBASIC.NET||$ 65,236||$ 1,255|
|6||VBA||$ 58,064||$ 1,088|
|7||RPG||$ 56,537||$ 753|
|8||C++||$ 59,817||$ 725|
|10||JAVA||$ 59,892||$ 46|
Average salary and pay raise, by programming language
The average salary of PHP engineers shown in the first survey is not as high as those using the above 10 languages, which I think many PHP programmers recognize.
There are many PHP community activities such as meetup events almost every week, which generate a lot of fun and enjoyment, but I think these software engineers also have to pursue financial rewards.
A video of my presentation is below.
(proofread by Sean O’Hagan)