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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:


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


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


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


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


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

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