App developers cash in as wages go up 27% in 2012

The average annual pay for app developers has shot up 27% in just the last 12 months to £70K, up from £55K for senior developers,

According to a ReThink report, annual salaries for app developers, typically a programmer in an in-house web-team or a consultancy, easily outstrip salaries for web developers without app development skills. Salaries for traditional web developer roles average £60K.

Individuals on these salaries will typically have around five years of development experience, and will occupy ‘Senior Developer’ or ‘Technical Lead’ roles in their teams.
The report also says the average day rate for app developers working on contract has increased to £350, still lower than £375 daily rates for ordinary web developers, but the gap is likely to be close in 2013.

“While there are plenty of stories of independent developers becoming millionaires in a short space of time, there are also a number of app development consultancies who are becoming significant employers. They are increasingly prepared to pay ahigh salaries for app developers with the right kind of skills,” said Michael Bennett, Director at ReThink.

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Monty Munford has more than 15 years' experience in mobile, digital media, web and journalism. He is the founder of Mob76, a company that helps tech companies raise money and exit. He speaks regularly at global media events with a focus on Africa, writes a weekly column for The Telegraph, is a regular contributor to The Economist, Wired, Mashable and speaks regularly on the BBC World Service.