2014 Developer Salary Survey, May 13, 2014 Our survey of more than 2,200 U.S. developers shows salaries in a well-paid field are nudging up as the economy picks up steam.
The title of Software Engineer has little specific meaning except in Texas and a few other states, which require accreditation to use the descriptor. Elsewhere, it typically refers to a programmer with lead-developer kind of skills the person team members go to for advice. With the amount of pressure IT departments are under to create mobile apps, cloud apps, and handle big data, these higher skilled professionals should indeed see more compensation. Likewise test engineers, as testing has become considerably more complicated and better appreciated. Compensation has grown a total of 10% for testers during the last three years certainly a reflection of the wider understanding of the value they deliver.