The 80 Level portal asked more than a thousand gaming specialists about the level of their annual salaries, and also studied the relevant data from analytical companies. He found out how much developers earn in different countries and whether they have enough money for a comfortable life.

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  • USA: the average salary is $101,392. According to 80 Level, newcomers to the industry can expect an annual salary of $79,799. Over time, their salary may increase significantly. 36% of the surveyed developers reported that they receive more than $150,000 annually.
  • Great Britain: the average salary is $50,256. The majority of 80 Level respondents earn $40-60 thousand per year.
  • Canada: the average salary is $50,785. All the surveyed developers earn more than $40 thousand. The annual salary of 40% of them is $100-150 thousand. 19% earn more than $150,000.
  • Germany: the average salary is $56 thousand. The majority of respondents told 80 Level that they receive $30-$80 thousand.
  • Spain: the average salary is $36 thousand. 38% of respondents earn $ 20-30 thousand, the salary of 22% of respondents is $40-50 thousand.
  • India: the average salary is $9,328. 54% of respondents said that their annual salary is less than $10,000. Only 15% earn $10-20 thousand.
  • Sweden: Level 80 did not name the average salary of Swedish developers, but noted that 28% of the surveyed specialists receive $ 50-60 thousand.
  • France: the average salary is $44 thousand. The majority of respondents reported to 80 Level that they earn $20-50 thousand.
  • Poland: the average monthly salary is $2,258. The annual salary of 31% of respondents ranges from $30,000 to $40,000.
  • China: The average monthly salary is $3,972. In 2023, almost half (44%) of Chinese gaming companies planned to raise salaries by 3-6%.
  • Hong Kong: the average salary of a specialist with 1-3 years of work experience is $60,053 per year. Specialists who have worked in the industry for more than eight years have an average annual salary of $103,592.
  • Japan: the average salary is $48,018. A third of Japanese developers are unhappy with their salary.
  • Malaysia: The average monthly salary is $971. In 2023, a quarter of employers were not going to raise wages, and another third thought to raise it by 3-6%.

Life expenses

  • 5.8% of the survey participants could not tell 80 Level what their financial situation was. According to the respondents, their salary may vary depending on various reasons.
  • 7.7% of the respondents hardly have enough funds to meet basic needs.
  • 6.2% of the respondents have enough money for food, but it is difficult for them to afford to buy clothes.
  • 17.4% of respondents can safely buy food and clothes, but it is difficult for them to afford the purchase of household appliances.
  • 22% of the respondents have enough salary for food, clothes and household appliances, but not enough to buy a car.
  • 24.4% of the respondents have enough salary for all of the above, but not for the purchase of an apartment.
  • 16.6% of the respondents can buy anything they want.

More details can be found in the full 80 Level report. For example, you can also read in it how much specialists of different levels and different specializations earn.

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