Salary Forecast: Senior .NET Application Developer

The future is looking pretty bright for information technology workers. Janco Associates estimates that the IT sector will increase by 84,000 new jobs in 2018, and there has been a 3.5% increase in the salaries of all IT workers, according to its 2018 salary survey. This salary increase is backed by the 2017 ComputerWorld IT Salary Survey that found a three percent increase in 2017. This increase is not as high as it was in 2016, but it still is good news for those working in IT

Specifically, however, what does that mean for Senior .NET Application Developers?

.NET Application Developers use C#, F#, or Visual Basic to create applications in .NET, which, according to Microsoft, “is a free, cross-platform, open source developer platform for building many different types of applications. With .NET, you can use multiple languages, editors, and libraries to build for web, mobile, desktop, gaming, and IoT.”

Senior .NET Application Developers do more than develop applications, however. They also help find and manage technology-based solutions for business problems. They use coding, testing, and implementing to create apps that meet client and functional requirements. They are skilled communicators as well as developers.


The salary for a Senior .NET Application developer can vary according to a variety of factors, including region, exact experience level, education, industry, company size, state of the economy, etc. However, if you look at the salaries for general application developers with five years to fewer than 10 years of experience in IT, the average national salary, according to a 2017 salary survey from ComputerWorld,  was $90,875, including bonuses, up from $90,168 the year before.

For application developers with 10 to fewer than 15 years of experience in iT, the 2017 average was $82,967, compared to $80,164 for 2016. The average salary of an application developer with 15 to 19 years of experience in IT was $93,285 in 2017, and it was $107,706 in 2016, according to the ComputerWorld survey.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

It’s important to take the ComputerWorld survey with a grain of salt and compare it with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data for software developers, the umbrella under which it includes application developers

The median annual wage for software developers was $100,080, as of May 2016. Those in the software publishing industry earned a median salary of $111,250, and those in manufacturing made a median of $107,280. The Finance and Insurance industry paid $101,520, and the Management of Companies and Enterprises industry paid a median of $98,020. Computer Systems Design and Related Services, as an industry, paid a median salary of $97,720 per year.

Experienced .NET Application Developers are likely to earn in the higher percentiles of the salary range, and according to the BLS, the lowest 10th percentile earned an average annual salary of $58,300, while those in the 25th percentile earned $76,170. The median was $100,080, as mentioned previously, and the 75th percentile earned $126,940 per year on average, while those in the 90th percentile earned an average of $157,590 per year. The average annual salary was $104,300

The top-paying states were as follows: Washington at $129,440 per year, California at $120,710 per year, Alaska at $119,120 per year, New York at $113,120 per year, and the District of Columbia at $112,040 annually. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA metropolitan area was the highest-paying metro area at $133,010, followed by Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA at $132,080, and Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA at $131,160.

To get a more complete picture of what Senior .NET Application Developers are earning in your area, check local job advertisements.