Video Game Programmer Salary in the United States

How much does a Video Game Programmer make in the United States? The average Video Game Programmer salary in the United States is $62,941 as of May 31, 2019, but the salary range typically falls between $54,328 and $71,986. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

What is a Video Game Programmer?

A game programmer is a software engineer, programmer, or computer scientist who primarily develops codebases for video games or related software, such as game development tools. Game programming has many specialized disciplines, all of which fall under the umbrella term of "game programmer". A game programmer should not be confused with a game designer, who works on game design....

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These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Video Game Programmer in United States. The base salary for Video Game Programmer ranges from $54,328 to $71,986 with the average base salary of $62,941. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $55,370 to $73,442 with the average total cash compensation of $64,288.

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Job Openings for Video Game Programmer
Torn Banner Studios - Toronto , ON
An understanding and passion for video game user interface design * At least 3 years professional video game programming experience * C++ proficiency * Strong interpersonal communication skills
ZipRecruiter - 1 day ago
Mumba Technologies - Sunnyvale , CA
... video games Demonstrated hands-on skills of CC++C Experience writing graphics shaders in unity ... Excellent programming skills with solid understanding of software engineering techniques ... - 1 day ago
Psyonix - SAN DIEGO , CA
Psyonix is a video game developer located in downtown San Diego. Best known for Rocket League, the award-winning game that combines soccer, driving, and highly competitive and addictive gameplay, we ...
Jobble, Inc. - 4 days ago
Happily is seeking a freelance audio video and gaming technician for events to work with our brand ... Degree level study in technology or an engineering related subject. * 2+ years previous work ...
ZipRecruiter - 2 days ago
Activision - Santa Monica , CA
This is an exciting opportunity to join an award-winning, AAA video game developer and work with the best gaming talent in the world. What you'll be doing: • Design, develop and roll out the next ...
Hirepurpose - 7 days ago
Game Development Company - Las Vegas , NV
Support game development team in creation of high-quality art assets for mobile video slot ... Food on site Company Description This three studio software engineering company is quickly becoming ...
ZipRecruiter - 9 days ago