Wondering where software developers are – or aren't – earning top dollar? Just look at a list of the leading outsourcers and their most popular outsourcing destinations.
That's the data that can be found in a global software engineering salary report this month from CodeSubmit, which develops coding challenges for technical interviews. According to the report, the US leads in developer salaries with an average of $110,140, followed by Switzerland and Israel – the UK comes in at $55,275 (£46,000), just below Australia – while the poorest-paying countries are led by Nigeria, which pays an average of just $7,255 annually to software devs – less than seven percent of the average US salary.
India, one of the most popular destinations for outsourcing technically skilled jobs, pays only $470 more on average than Nigeria. The Philippines, also popular for outsourcing, pays on average only $7,936, while popular eastern European outsourcing destinations Poland and Ukraine pay between $22,000 and $23,000 per year. China, another top outsourcing destination, pays developers an average of $23,790.
Good to see Python riding quite high on the level of pay. But developing world country devs need to prove themselves, and they can do that by getting qualifications, improving their skills, and also publishing their code at Github and similar sites as part of their CV. So as much as globalisation often works against developing world countries (job losses through automation for example), it also presents opportunities at the same time.
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