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The Game Developer Salary Report: 2004-2009


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Game Developer Research is pleased to announce the debut of its eleventh report, the 'The Game Developer Salary Report: 2004-2009'. This in-depth 105-page report supplements the 2008 Salary Survey included in the April 2009 issue of Game Developer magazine and includes a full salary, benefits, and bonuses comparison for American, Canadian, and European game industry salaries over that time period.

The 'The Game Developer Salary Report: 2004-2009' was conducted in February 2009 for the fiscal year January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008, with the assistance of Audience Insights. Email invitations were sent to Game Developer subscribers, Game Developer Conference attendees, and Gamasutra.com members asking them to participate in the annual survey.

We gathered 3,880 responses from developers worldwide but not all who participated in the survey provided enough compensation information to be included in the final report. We also excluded salaries less than $10,000 and the salaries of students and educators. The small number of reported salaries greater than $202,500 were excluded to prevent their high numbers from unnaturally skewing the averages. We also excluded records that were missing key demographic and classification numbers.

The survey primarily includes U.S. compensation but consolidated figures from Canada and Europe were included. The total sample reflected in the data presented for the U.S. is 1,879, for Canada 372, and for Europe 473.

The sample represented in our salary survey can be projected to the U.S. game developer community with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.24% at a 95% confidence level. The margin of error for Canada is plus or minus 5.2%, and is 4.8% for Europe.

Table Of Contents (back to top)

The full table of contents for the 'The Game Developer Salary Report: 2004-2009' report is as follows:

Introduction And Methodology 4

Programming 5
- Salary And Experience Comparisons 2004-2008 5
- Discipline Gender Comparisons 2004-2008 8
- Additional Compensation And Benefit Comparison 9
- Salary By Year By Region Comparisons 2004-2008 11

Art And Animation 12
- Salary And Experience Comparisons 2004-2008 12
- Discipline Gender Comparisons 2004-2008 16
- Additional Compensation And Benefit Comparison 17
- Salary By Year By Region Comparisons 2004-2008 19

Game Design 20
- Salary And Experience Comparisons 2004-2008 20
- Discipline Gender Comparisons 2004-2008 23
- Additional Compensation And Benefit Comparison 24
- Salary By Year By Region Comparisons 2004-2008 26

Production 27
- Salary And Experience Comparisons 2004-2008 27
- Discipline Gender Comparisons 2004-2008 31
- Additional Compensation And Benefit Comparison 32
- Salary By Year By Region Comparisons 2004-2008 34

Quality Assurance 35
- Salary And Experience Comparisons 2004-2008 35
- Discipline Gender Comparisons 2004-2008 38
- Additional Compensation And Benefit Comparison 39
- Salary By Year By Region Comparisons 2004-2008 41

Audio 42
- Salary And Experience Comparisons 2004-2008 42
- Discipline Gender Comparisons 2004-2008 46
- Additional Compensation And Benefit Comparison 47
- Salary By Year By Region Comparisons 2004-2008 49

Business And Legal 50
- Salary And Experience Comparisons 2004-2008 50
- Discipline Gender Comparisons 2004-2008 54
- Additional Compensation And Benefit Comparison 55
- Salary By Year By Region Comparisons 2004-2008 57

U.S. Regional Data 62
- Respondents By U.S. State 2008 62
- Top Ten U.S. States By Overall Salary 2004-2008 63
- Top Five U.S. States By Salary By Discipline 2008 66
- U.S. Regions By Salary Comparisons 2004-2008 67
- U.S. Homeowner Comparisons 2005-2008 71
- U.S. Age Comparisons 2008 75
- U.S. Method Of Gaining Employment 2008 77

Canadian Regional Data 78
- Canadian Salary By Discipline Comparisons 2005-2008 78
- Canadian Programmer And Visual Art Comparisons 2005-2008 79
- Canadian Game Design And Q/A Comparisons 2005-2008 81
- Canadian Audio And Production Comparisons 2005-2008 83
- Canadian Business And Legal Comparisons 2005-2008 85
- Canadian Respondents By Province Comparisons 2007-2008 86
- Top Four Canadian Provinces By Salary And Discipline Comparisons 2007-2008 87
- Canadian Age Comparisons 2008 88
- Canadian Method Of Gaining Employment 2008 90

European Regional Data 91
- European Salary By Discipline Comparisons 2005-2008 91
- European Programmer And Visual Art Comparisons 2005-2008 92
- European Game Design And Q/A Comparisons 2005-2008 94
- European Audio And Production Comparisons 2005-2008 96
- European Business And Legal Comparisons 2005-2008 98
- European Respondents By Country 2005-2008 99
- European Age Comparisons 2008 101
- European Method Of Gaining Employment 2008 103

Conclusion: 2008 And Beyond? 104

Bibliography 105

Availability (back to top)

'The Game Developer Salary Report: 2004-2009' is now available for paid digital download for a price of US $2,995. Any questions about payment, delivery methods, or further licensing of the data can be directed to Game Developer Research at research@gdmag.com.

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