Average iOS Developer Salary in US and Worldwide, 2020

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The purpose of this article is to present this year’s average iOS developer salaries in the US and worldwide. We will also discuss if the Swift and Objective-C programming languages are still in demand in 2020, and determine if the highest-paid regions offer the best experts.

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Average iOS Developer Salary in the US in 2020

According to major job portals, the average iOS app developer salary starts at $87,000 and finishes at $126,000. It’s difficult to know which job portal is more accurate, so we decided to present all the results to compare.

Statistics regards average ios developer salary in the USA and worldwide.

The smallest average salary was found on Payscale at $87,332 per year. The second trustworthy resource is Glassdoor. Based on its data, iOS developers in the US earn $96,016 per year. According to ZipRecruiter, the average iOS developer salary in the US in 2020 is $114,614 per year. This calculates to approximately $55 per hour. Compared to 2018, this yearly salary has grown by 28%.

  • Entry-level junior iOS developers can expect $40,000 per year.
  • A mid-level iOS developer’s salary is $114,000 per year.
  • The most experienced iOS developers can earn up to $172,000 per year.

The largest salary iOS developers can receive is more than $120,000 per year. According to the Indeed report, this is based on two thousand salary reports.

Average iOS Developer Salary in 2020 by US State — Indeed

State

Average iOS Developer Salary 

California

$148,353

Washington

$135,975

Massachusetts 

$134,866

Virginia 

$132,224

Arizona

$131,545

New York

$129,157

Average salary in the US

$126,869

Oregon

$126,572

Kansas

$121,020

Pennsylvania

$115,955

Illinois

$114,891

Texas 

$112,885

Colorado

$106,524

Washington DC

$102,887

Georgia

$98,016

Tennessee

$97,297

Maryland

$96,794

 

By state, iOS developer salaries vary a bit. The most generous states are California, then Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, Arizona and New York. Developers working in these states have salaries that exceed the national average.

Top 10 Cities with the Highest iOS App Developer Salaries in the US

City

The average salary per years

San Jose, CA

$161,015

San Francisco, CA

$158,141

Irving, TX

$153,625

San Diego, CA

$147,638

New York, NY

$133,897

Beaverton, OR

$131,547

Los Angeles, CA

$130,790

USA

$126,869

Pittsburgh, PA

$124,351

Austin, TX

$120,816

Chicago, IL

$84,852

 

According to Indeed, two of California’s cities rank as the highest-paid. In San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, developers can make $161,015 per year, and this is not the highest. iOS developer salary in San Francisco is a bit less at $158,141. Irving, Texas is ranked third, which is worth mentioning as Texas was previously at the bottom of the list of states with the highest iOS developer salary. 

Last in this list are iOS developer salaries in Austin and Chicago with $100,216 per year and $84,852 per year respectively, almost two times less than the top-ranked cities.

iOS App Developer Salary in 2020 Worldwide

Even though Apple devices are the most popular in the US, apps for iOS and macOS are developed worldwide. We gathered information about iOS developer salaries in leading IT countries.

This table is based on Glassdoor and Payscale data. We used different sources and merged their data to provide you with a more holistic picture. When these platforms lacked data, we used local job portals stats as more reliable resources. These numbers are marked with an asterisk (*).

Country

Average salary per year

Switzerland

$111,925

United States

$91,674

Denmark

$76,017

Germany

$61,594

Australia

$58,449

Canada

$56,289

Finland

$51,504

Ukraine*

$27,036

Poland

$26,295

Russia

$22,540

Mexico

$19,433

Philippines

$16,293

India

$6,733

* Average iOS developer salary in Ukraine is based on jobs.dou.ua

Switzerland demonstrates the most superior numbers at $111,925, which exceeds the average iOS developer salary in the US. Denmark is in second place with $76,017 per year.

The last in our chart is India. Average iOS developer salaries in this country don’t reach above $10,000 per year. 

Are iOS Programming Languages Still in Demand?

Programming languages used for iOS app development are Objective-C and Swift in regards to native development and React Native and Flutter frameworks for cross-platform applications.

According to TIOBE Index for October 2020, based on the amount of search queries in the most popular search engines, Swift and Objective-C are in the top 20 programming languages still in demanded. However, their popularity is decreasing since 2019.

Statistics regards average ios developer salary in the USA and worldwide.

According to the Popularity of Programming Language (PYPL) index from Github, which is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google, Swift and Objective-C are in the top 10 trending programming languages. However, their positions slightly decreased compared to previous years. It’s worth mentioning that older Objective-C is ahead of its younger analog.

Statistics regards average ios developer salary in the USA and worldwide.

Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2020 — Swift and Objective-C Popularity

A few statistics were taken from the February 2020 Stack Overflow developer survey, where 65,000 coders from around the world were interviewed. They talked about which tools they’re using and what they want to harness.

In the list of the most commonly used programming languages, Swift and Objective-С are in the 16th and 20th places respectively. Given that both are niche programming languages tailored to iOS and macOS operating systems, these ranks are high. They may never be more popular than Java, JS, or C++, because these languages have broader application areas.

Statistics regards average ios developer salary in the USA and worldwide.

Swift is in the top 10 programming languages, loved by professional developers. “Loved” on this survey means that the surveyed expert develops using this language and is interested in continuing to code with it.

Statistics regards average ios developer salary in the USA and worldwide.

Swift is also in the top 15 of the most wanted programming languages. This shows that the developer community is interested in learning and harnessing it, and Swift doesn’t have young competitors that can overtake it.

Statistics regards average ios developer salary in the USA and worldwide.

Swift and Objective-C are in the Top 15 Languages Associated with the Highest Salaries Worldwide

Statistics regards average ios developer salary in the USA and worldwide.

Average iOS Developer Salary vs Android Developer Salary

Statistics regards average ios developer salary in the USA and worldwide.

According to Indeed, the average iOS developer salary doesn’t differ from Android developer salary, at least in the US. Such equality demonstrates that both types of expertise is has market demand.

Where to Find Highly-skilled iOS Engineers

Obvious questions arise: Are developers from the US more qualified than specialists from Eastern Europe, for example? Does their high salary guarantee such high levels of expertise?” 

According to a SkillValue report based on over 550 technical assessments, the average salary doesn’t correlate with skill.

Top 10 countries with the best developers in the world according to SkillValue:

Rank

Country

Average iOS Developer Salary 

1

Slovakia*

$44,567

2

Mexico

$20,628

3

Poland

$27,552

4

Hungary

$23,364

5

Ukraine*

$27,036

6

Czech Republic

$37,776

7

Spain

$34,893

8

Austria

$37,932

9

Switzerland

$121,397

10

Germany

$63,410

Data about average iOS developer salaries are taken from Glassdoor.

*Glassdoor doesn’t hold information about iOS developer salaries in Slovakia. This number was taken from SalaryExpert. For Ukraine, the data is from jobs.dou.

Summary

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