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Java Developer Salary Trends in the Netherlands

26 May 2023, by Josh Nel

Java is the fourth most-used programming language in the Netherlands, behind JavaScript, Python and TypeScript. Here, we’ll look at what Java developers in the Netherlands earn at each stage of their careers and how they compare to those for JavaScript and Python.


Average junior Java developer salary

A junior Java developer in the Netherlands with at least two years of experience can expect an average annual salary of €43 423, 1.18%, or €519, less than a junior Python developer with comparable experience. However, they’re earning 5.77%, or €2 367, more than the average JavaScript developer at this level.

Once they’ve been in the business for four years, Java developers can expect a 21.8% pay hike, bringing their average salary to €52 878. However, despite the sizeable increase, they earn 2.72%, or €1 481, behind a Python developer with similar experience at €54 359. They also find themselves 3.48%, or €1 778, behind their JavaScript counterparts.

What accounts for the hefty increase in salary at this stage of their careers? Developers tend to move jobs more frequently at this stage of their careers. This allows them to negotiate larger pay raises than the annual increases they’d earn working at the same company long-term.

Average Java Developer Salaries by Experience

Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
2-4 €34,830 €43,423 €52,263
4-6 €44,700 €52,878 €64,350
6-10 €46,800 €60,739 €70,000
10-15 €55,700 €74,056 €85,700

Salary growth for Java developers initially slows down once they become seniors. However, that’s not to say that there’s no growth at all:

Senior Java developers with six to ten years of experience can still look forward to a 14.9% increase for an average annual salary of €60 739. They still trail their Python counterparts by 2.36%, or €1 467. However, at this stage of their careers, they now earn 3.70%, or €2 168, more than senior JavaScript developers in this experience bracket.

Salary growth begins to pick up once Java developers pass the ten-year mark:

Java developers with more than ten years of experience can expect a significant 21.9% jump giving them an average salary of €74 056.

This puts them ahead of their Python counterparts, who earn 3.88%, or €2 766, less on average. They’ve also widened their advantage over their JavaScript counterparts to 8.50%, or €5 799.

Keep in mind

The data in this article is taken from open data from StackOverflow’s 2022 Developer Survey. In this article, ‘salary’ refers to the gross annual salary (before tax) provided by 291 survey respondents from the Netherlands who identified as Java developers.

We only included salary insights for experience levels with enough data points to ensure that the amounts represent Java developers in the country. That’s why we excluded salaries for entry-level developers in this article.

We also ran an outlier analysis to identify data points skewing the distribution of salaries. We removed these points from the final dataset to ensure that the amounts represent Java developers in the Netherlands.

Average salaries are single data points and only one part of a bigger story. Many respondents may earn significantly more or significantly less than these averages. However, we aim to track underlying trends by mapping the average salaries for different experience levels.

These averages should not be used to estimate what your actual salary will or should be.

Salaries depend on the company size, industry, individual, perks and nature of work. These factors all influence the salary a company will offer to a prospective hire. In addition, most developers are “fluent” in several languages and work across multiple roles, which will affect the final figures.

It’s also important to remember that every individual’s context is different. Salary is a personal conversation that should take place between employee and employer.

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