The median annual salary for a Games Programmer was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Game Programmer
UK
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 854 942 938
Rank change year-on-year +88 -4  
Permanent jobs requiring a Games Programmer 10 7 13
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.012% 0.007% 0.012%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.012% 0.007% 0.012%
Number of salaries quoted 7 4 13
Median salary £47,500 £56,250 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -15.55% +60.71%  
90% offered a salary of more than £37,000 £36,750 £31,700
10% offered a salary of more than £53,000 £70,500 £49,000
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £60,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year -33.33% +71.42%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 81427 99650 104367
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.26% 96.36% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 67614 83405 85224
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Games Programmer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Games Programmer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Games Programmer in the UK

Games Programmer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Games Programmer.

Salary trend for Games Programmer in the UK

Games Programmer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Games Programmer over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Games Programmer in the UK

Games Programmer
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Games Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +91 7 £48,750 -13.33%
Scotland +25 3 £32,500 -
London +78 2 £52,500 -
Yorkshire +18 2 £50,000 -16.66%
Dundee +11 2 £32,500 -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 £40,000 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £40,000 -
Liverpool - 1 £40,000 -
Merseyside - 1 £40,000 -
Bristol - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 £40,000 -
North West - 1 £40,000 -
South West - 1 - -

Games Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, Games Programmer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Games Programmer in the job title.

1 27 (100.00%) Games
2 22 (81.48%) C++
3 12 (44.44%) Unreal Engine
4 8 (29.63%) Java
4 8 (29.63%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 7 (25.93%) C#
5 7 (25.93%) OpenGL
6 6 (22.22%) Game Development
7 5 (18.52%) Software Engineering
7 5 (18.52%) DirectX
7 5 (18.52%) OOP
7 5 (18.52%) JavaScript
8 4 (14.81%) C
8 4 (14.81%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (14.81%) Subversion
8 4 (14.81%) Animation
8 4 (14.81%) Git (software)
8 4 (14.81%) REST
9 3 (11.11%) Microservices
9 3 (11.11%) OO
10 2 (7.41%) Windows XP
10 2 (7.41%) JMS
10 2 (7.41%) Visual Studio
10 2 (7.41%) CSS
10 2 (7.41%) Windows
10 2 (7.41%) Linux
10 2 (7.41%) Mobile Games
10 2 (7.41%) Advertising
10 2 (7.41%) Publishing
10 2 (7.41%) 3ds Max

Games Programmer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 2 (7.41%) 3ds Max
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.70%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.41%) Big Data
1 2 (7.41%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (14.81%) Git (software)
1 4 (14.81%) Subversion
2 2 (7.41%) Visual Studio
General
1 27 (100.00%) Games
2 2 (7.41%) Advertising
2 2 (7.41%) Publishing
2 2 (7.41%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (44.44%) Unreal Engine
2 8 (29.63%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 7 (25.93%) OpenGL
4 5 (18.52%) DirectX
5 4 (14.81%) REST
6 2 (7.41%) Apache Camel
6 2 (7.41%) CryEngine
6 2 (7.41%) CSS
6 2 (7.41%) JMS
6 2 (7.41%) JNI
6 2 (7.41%) Spring
7 1 (3.70%) cocos2d
7 1 (3.70%) Flash
7 1 (3.70%) JSON
7 1 (3.70%) Middleware
7 1 (3.70%) MonoGame
7 1 (3.70%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.81%) Animation
2 2 (7.41%) Algorithms
2 2 (7.41%) Computer Science
2 2 (7.41%) Data Structures
2 2 (7.41%) Mobile Games
2 2 (7.41%) Xbox
3 1 (3.70%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.70%) Oculus Rift
3 1 (3.70%) Online Games
3 1 (3.70%) PlayStation
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.41%) Android
1 2 (7.41%) Apple iOS
1 2 (7.41%) Linux
1 2 (7.41%) Windows
1 2 (7.41%) Windows 7
1 2 (7.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (22.22%) Game Development
2 5 (18.52%) OOP
2 5 (18.52%) Software Engineering
3 4 (14.81%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (11.11%) Microservices
4 3 (11.11%) OO
5 2 (7.41%) 3D Animation
5 2 (7.41%) Concurrent Programming
5 2 (7.41%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (7.41%) DevOps
5 2 (7.41%) Multithreading
5 2 (7.41%) TDD
5 2 (7.41%) Technical Architecture
5 2 (7.41%) Visual Effects
6 1 (3.70%) Android Development
6 1 (3.70%) Functional Programming
6 1 (3.70%) iOS Development
6 1 (3.70%) Machine Learning
6 1 (3.70%) Structured Programming
6 1 (3.70%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (81.48%) C++
2 8 (29.63%) Java
3 7 (25.93%) C#
4 5 (18.52%) JavaScript
5 4 (14.81%) C
6 2 (7.41%) Objective-C
7 1 (3.70%) Clojure
7 1 (3.70%) GLSL
7 1 (3.70%) HLSL
7 1 (3.70%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (7.41%) Degree
System Software
1 2 (7.41%) Docker
Vendors
1 1 (3.70%) Apple
1 1 (3.70%) Sony