Average entry-level and junior Java developer salary trends
Intermediate Java developers can look forward to the most significant pay hike of their careers:
Why the significant increase? Developers in the early stages of their careers tend to move between jobs more frequently than those at higher levels of seniority. This allows them to negotiate higher salaries than they might earn through annual increases while working at the same company.
Average Java Developer Salaries by Experience
Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles
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Average senior Java developer salary trends
Why the significant increase once they pass the ten-year mark? Experienced Java developers will be expected to be able to develop user interfaces for internet and intranet applications, debug software, write testable code, review program architecture and work across application development phases. Developers with these skills will continue to remain desirable and compensated accordingly.
Keep in mind
The data in this article is taken from StackOverflow’s 2022 Developer Survey’s open data. In this article, ‘salary’ refers to the gross annual salary (before tax) provided by 1237 survey respondents from Germany 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’ve developers with more than fifteen years of experience from the article.
We also ran an outlier analysis to identify data points skewing the distribution of salaries. We removed these data points from the final dataset to ensure that the amounts represent Java developers in Germany. We’ve also included the 25th and 75th percentiles to give you further information about the distribution of salary data.
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 show 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 the 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, affecting the final figures.
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