According to the rankings by Quartz, Ruby, Objective C, Python, Java, and C++ are the programming languages that net the highest-paying jobs, with Ruby programmers averaging annual salaries of more than $109,000. Check out the rest of the highest-paying programming languages below.
Top 15 Highest Paying Programming Languages In 2016
Java is the most popular programming language and is considered the standard for object-oriented language in the industry. With the motto “Write once, run anywhere,” Java has become a nearly universal concurrent language that can run on just about any platform imaginable. Java’s popularity with developers is due to the fact that the language is grounded in readability and simplicity. Developers who have mastered this language are always in high demand. Senior level Java developers can often expect salaries as high as $115,000.
Python is a general purpose programming language that is simple and incredibly readable. It’s a great language for beginners, all the way up to seasoned professionals. Python is used heavily by major players in the tech industry, such as Google and NASA. Senior-level Python developers can easily fetch a $100,000+ salary.
Otherwise known as GNU S, the R programming language is widely used among statisticians for developing data analysis and statistical software. R’s advantages include its package ecosystem and unmatched graphics and charting capabilities. Since the language is so specialized, R can fetch some very high salaries more than $100,000.
A modernized upgrade to its predecessor C, Objective-C is the main language used by Apple to develop its OS X and iOS platforms. It is used heavily by Apple for their APIs, Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. Success of the Apple platform has ensured that people with Objective-C skills are always been in high demand. Objective-C can fetch superior developers a salary that is close to six figures due to Apple’s dependence on the language.
Apple Inc. introduced Swift, a new programming language for all iOS and OS X applications. In fact Swift is displacing Objective C as the de facto language for iOS development a lot faster than anyone expected. However, that is not much of a threat for the objective developers as they can easily move over to Swift. Recently, Swift has exploded in popularity as the main programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, Apple’s frameworks supporting iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS. Demand and salaries are still on the rise for this relative new language, as Swift’s affiliation with Apple means a skillset that includes this language could easily earn six figures in the near future.
C# is a newer language that is an evolution of C and C++. Developed by Microsoft, C# (pronounced “C-sharp”) is known for its simplicity and was designed to build a wide range of enterprise applications that run on the Microsoft. NET Framework. This language is trending upward in popularity and has a diverse variety of programming styles. C# developers can easily earn a solid $90,000+ in salary.
Technically a family of related languages, Perl is commonly known best as a popular CGI scripting language and is also used for graphics programming, system administration, and even some financial applications. Based on the specific use, salaries differ but Perl’s versatility means its programmers are always in high demand and can often expect a salary of no less than $80,000.
C++ is one of the well-known, most powerful and reliance language with lots of control on using computer resources. C++ is high on performance and hence it is often used to develop game engines, games, and desktop apps. C++ is best known for being an efficient and flexible language that can fetch its developers a salary of at least $80,000.
Short for Structured Query Language, SQL is a special-purpose language designed for managing data held in a relational database management system (RDBMS), or for stream processing in a relational data stream management system (RDSMS). Recently, it has grown extensively in popularity and can demand salaries well into the $80,000 range.
11. Ruby on Rails
Like Java or the C language, Ruby is a general purpose programming language, though it is best known for its use in web programming, and Rails serves as a framework for the Ruby Language. In recent years, Ruby on Rails has earned a very respectable reputation for its popular default structures for databases, web services and web pages. A Ruby on Rails job can steadily tug in a strong salary of $75,000+.
Famous for the original “Hello, World!” program, C is one of the base languages of modern computing and remains an extremely useful language for efficiently mapping machine instructions for applications and operating systems. As it’s one of the most widely-known languages of all time, C developers are always in high demand, with salaries typically ranging anywhere from $60,000-$80,000.
PHP (Hypertext Pre-Processor) is a scripting language, running on the server, which can be used to create web pages written in HTML. PHP tends to be a popular language since its easy-to use by new programmers, but also offers tons of advanced features for more experienced programmers. In recent years, PHP has grown enormously in popularity. Its web-facing features make it a highly-demanded skill, and PHP developers can easily claim salaries of over $75,000.
Short for Transact-Structured Query Language, T-SQL is closely related to its predecessor, SQL. T-SQL expands on the SQL standard to include procedural programming, local variables, various support functions for string processing, data processing, mathematics, etc. and changes to the DELETE and UPDATE statements. T-SQL is a very specific language that needs a certain skillset, so while it may not be in as high demand as some other language, specialists still get compensated well for mastery of the language and can pull in an average salary of over $70,000.
Not to be confused with Ruby on Rails, Ruby is a sophisticated, modernized take on classic languages like C and PERL that highlights simplicity through natural syntax and easy-to-read code. Its broad demand means even entry level developers can make salaries pushing $60,000, and senior level developers can earn salaries close to six figures.
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