Average game dev will earn 32k in 2011

Bottom rung of the ladder pays 19k.

The average game developer will earn a princely 32,000 this year, according to a new study.

The survey of 298 games industry workers from around the globe, carried out jointly by Develop and MCV, revealed the average salary was 32,203, up slightly from last year's 31,964.

But taking inflation into account, it seems the industry hasn't seen a great deal of growth over the past 12 months. Inflation rate calculations using the Consumer Price Index suggest the figure should stand at 32,603.

Broken down by position, here are the survey's full findings:

ART:

  • Lead Artist - 37,000
  • Artist - 26,806

CODING:

  • Lead Programmer 39,958
  • Programmer 27,416
  • Junior Programmer - 19,643

AUDIO:

  • Lead Audio Roles - 45,200
  • Junior Audio Roles - 27,500

PRODUCTION:

  • Lead Producer (Internal) - 41,500
  • Producer (Internal) - 31,195
  • Producer (External/publishing) - 42,250

DESIGN:

  • Lead Designer - 34,000
  • Designer - 24,375
  • Junior - 21,785

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