Which popular programming languages pay the most? Technologists are always interested in the answer to that question.
The latest edition of Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Salary crunched the data (from 37,960 respondents, in the case of this particular question) and discovered that the top-paying programming, scripting, or markup language is… Clojure, followed by Erlang, F#, and Lisp.
Wait, what? It’s true (at least according to this data). Here’s a partial list of the most lucrative languages, for your perusal:
But if organizations need technologists who’ve mastered a particular language or tool, and the related talent pool is small, then salaries will rise. That might be the case with Clojure, Erlang, F#, and the other programming languages on this list. (We saw an extreme version of this phenomenon during the pandemic, when state governments and contractors were willing to pay enormous amounts to contractors who’d mastered COBOL, the language that powers many mainframes.)