Working from Home, Software Developers Earn Quite a Bit

Remote work is a tantalizing option for many tech pros, especially those who don’t want to change cities for a new job. But how much do most remote jobs actually pay, particularly in tech? FlexJobs has crunched some data and found that work-from-home software developers earn an average of $69,687 per year.

“Developer” was also one of the fourteen most common work-from-home jobs, according to the FlexJobs database. That suggests many companies are relying on remote developers, which certainly makes sense in light of the tech industry’s low unemployment; if you’re a project manager who can’t find the right local talent at the right price, you’re more likely to explore remote options.

Working from home offers some big advantages, including a relaxed dress code. However, such gigs also come with some unique stressors. As much as workers complain about their co-workers, personal interaction is a big part of any job (it’s how you form the networks you’ll need to advance your career, for instance), and remote workers can quickly find themselves isolated from the ebb and flow of “regular” office life. In addition, workers given to procrastination can find it hard to manage their workload without in-office supervision.

A recent study by Baylor University found that those employees who worked best from home (or a local coffee shop) displayed a high degree of emotional maturity (or as the study puts it: “high–emotional stability employees reporting high levels of autonomy”). Those who don’t need to often revisit and revamp their goals with their boss, and who can figure out problems without a lot of hand-holding, tend to perform well.

Another study, by HackerRank, found that 80 percent of tech pros want to work remotely. In an anonymous Dice survey, some 28 percent of tech pros said that remote work was the benefit that mattered most to them, equal with health benefits and just ahead of stock options or equity (19 percent).

As tech pro salaries level off, benefits and perks such as remote work are becoming more important to tech pros, especially those who want a better work-life balance. Even if a prospective employer isn’t willing to match your salary request, they may prove more amenable to offering a flexible schedule or remote work.

6 Responses to “Working from Home, Software Developers Earn Quite a Bit”

  1. This article is BS! The entire world including the tech industry is barely starting to be acceptable in the USA now. Companies still do not feel comfortable hiring a software engineer unless they can have you in the office to breath down your neck all day long… Oh and ageism affects remote workers in teh tech industry also!

  2. I’ve been working for years, first as a legal and real estate secretary, then went to college and got an MIS degree and worked as a programmer for places like HP and Boys Town. After a medical emergency, I ended up in a comma and my boss didn’t even wait for me to come to before firing me. Here I am now six years later and not able to leave the house. I still have all my faculities but can’t leave the house. No one wants me for anything other than taking reservations in the middle of the night. And all I ever hear is how employers can’t find good help. How much more cost effective would it be for employers to hire home bound people. They would save on space rental, parking, cleaning, heating/cooling, etc. No one listens to those of us at home…