The annual salary for game developers is down by 2% in the US according to Gamasutra’s annual survey, but it’s still a rather nice figure. Of course, this depends on which part of the country you reside in.
The 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey noted the median take-home pay was $83,060.
Average salary for those in business and management potions hit $101,572, followed by audio ($95,682), programmers and engineers ($93,521), producers ($82,286), artists and animators ($74,349), game designers ($73,864) quality assurance ($54,833). Still not too shabby, tho.
As far as company layoffs, 14% of respondents stated they were laid off in 2013, which is up 12% over 2012.
The survey also found men in US-based, salaried jobs in the games industry made on average $85,074 in 2013, compared to women with an average salary of $72,882 – or 86 cents for every dollar earned by a male counterpart. Gamaustra notes the difference in pay excluded students and educators.
Wage discrepancies between genders in the industry is slowly closing when compared to the national average of 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Progress is a good thing, even if slow.
You can look over the entire survey through the PDF here.