When it comes to getting a job, we all want to find a path through life that lets us do what we love every day – whether that’s creating art, writing great code, or creating new experiences for players.
But none of that matters if the job doesn’t pay enough to keep a roof over your head and dinner on the table. And it’s even more important if you have a family to care for, or if you plan to support a family some day. Having your dream job doesn’t mean squat unless it pays a living wage.
So you’re probably wondering: Does game development pay a living wage?
Welcome to the Video Game Developer Salary series. I built this series to educate you about game industry pay, and provide tips and guidance to help you get the most from your salary. Read on to get educated – because when it’s time to bring home the bacon, knowledge is the best weapon.
There are dozens of different job types in the video game industry, but most of them fall into one of the “job families” below. Read the ones you’re interested in to find out the various job sub-types in the field, how much you’ll get paid starting out, and how much you could get paid with more years on the job as you grow through experience and promotions.
- Video Game Designer Salary – Associate Game Designer, Game Designer, Lead Game Designer, Senior Game Designer
- Video Game Tester Salary – Game Tester, QA Tester, Lead Tester
- Video Game Programmer Salary – Game Programmer, Lead Programmer, Senior Programmer, Technical Director
- Video Game Artist Salary – Game Artist, Animator, Lead Artist, Tech Artist, Art Director
- Video Game Audio Engineer Salary – Game Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Audio Designer, Sound Lead
- Video Game Community Manager Salary – Game Social Media Manager, Game Community Manager
Did you think that everybody in a given job gets paid the same as everybody else in that job? Not quite! You can make measurably more money, if you play your cards right. Find out how.
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- How To Negotiate for A Higher Salary – Don’t settle for what they offer you. Use these tactics to get more.
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- Which video game job pays the most? [podcast] – Learn which job family has the highest salaries, and which are the easiest jobs to get.
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