C&S Compensation Survey

The 2022 survey is now closed.

View the Compensation Survey Working Group presentation from Heartifacts 2020 previewing the survey with an analysis of the preliminary compensation survey results.

The purpose of this periodic survey is to capture a snapshot of tech workers' compensation and lifestyle. The questions in this survey focus primarily on compensation and benefits but also involve other data points in order to answer these primary questions:

  • What is the average compensation of a tech worker?
  • Given an amount of training and experience, how much can a tech worker expect to be compensated in their city?
  • How are tech workers compensated beyond salary?
  • Where do they live and work? Where are the tech booms?
  • How much of their day do they spend traveling between work and home?
  • What do these tech workers do at work?
  • Where did they learn their skills?

The analysis answering the above questions and more will be made available responsibly in a manner that seeks to encourage participation without uniquely identifying any one member. We aim to equip people to make data-driven decisions about their careers. C&S will use this data to improve its programming.

The results will be published here and on our blog. If you are on our mailing list or subscribe to our Leaky Abstractions blog, then you’re already set to receive the results when published. We'll also announce it in our chat community for review. Join #team--survey or #compensation-survey-results for discussion.

The raw response data will not be shared outside of C&S staff. C&S respects members’ financial privacy.

We thank these illustrious sponsors for their financial and promotional support of this survey, its team, and the C&S audience: everyone involved in the software world.

Rust Built logo WIT PGH logo
DevRelate.io logo Truefit logo
Technical.ly logo

We appreciate their recognition of the importance of talking about compensation.

If you're interested in also helping financially support C&S, talk to us about it. Sponsorship opportunities for the survey are ongoing, with several email campaigns and the promotion of the results still to come. Contact us at sponsorship@codeandsupply.co.

Previous Results

2020 Results

Our second survey in 2020 expanded respondents by nearly 300% to 785, including expanding Allegheny County (AC) respondents by more than 50% to 436. At C&S’ approximate membership size, this represents more than 10% of our membership. We wrote a 100+ page report filled with dozens of graphs and prose analysis.

Quick takeaways:

  • $117,000 median base compensation, $114k in AC
  • $126,000 median total compensation, $127k in AC
  • First quartile mean base compensation of $75,000 but more than $85,000 in AC
  • Mean years of tenure at current employer of 3.16 years
  • 16.6% pay gap for women
  • Commute times dropped substantially, but it’s largely attributable to the pandemic work-from-home
  • More than 20% received a raise exceeding 5% in the past year

Read these and other insights including salary ranges for various roles and education backgrounds, equity compensation, paid time off, on-call duty, and more in the articles published on the C&S blog, Leaky Abstractions:

Please create a C&S account or login to download the long-form, comprehensive report.

2017 Results

We conducted our first survey in 2017. 266 members of the C&S community responded, approximately 12% of the membership.

Extended to the entire Pittsburgh software community, we believe that entry-level professionals should expect to make $75,000 or greater when entering the profession in Pittsburgh.

Quick takeaways:

  • $96,822 mean salary, $35,621 standard deviation
  • ~50% of salaries between $75,000 and $116,000
  • 21.4% pay gap for women
  • Bootcamp-educated respondents had a mean salary of $76,000
  • Respondents averaged approximately 10 years of experience and stayed at jobs an average of 3 years and 2 months.
  • 72% of respondents felt fairly compensated, but only 62% of women felt fairly compensated.
  • Commute times ranged from approximately 13 minutes to 35 minutes, depending of course on where the respondents lived and worked.

Read these and other insights including salary ranges for various roles and education backgrounds, equity compensation, paid time off, on-call duty, and more in the articles published on the C&S blog, Leaky Abstractions:

Sponsorship Notes

Sponsorship opportunities for the survey are ongoing, with several email campaigns and the promotion of the results still to come. Sponsorship begins at $500 and helps us cover costs, pay our team an honorarium, and fund some C&S operations during survey time. Contact us at sponsorship@codeandsupply.co if you're interested in putting your orgnization's name in front of the thousands of people who will see this survey during the summer of 2022.

Sponsors of the C&S Compensation Survey do not receive the raw data, have no influence on the questions asked beyond optional participation in the C&S Compensation Survey working group as peers in the industry, and receive no non-public results analysis. C&S is protective of its membership and their data, treating it how we would want our data to be treated.

For additional questions about sponsorship, please contact sponsorship@codeandsupply.co.

Survey Notes and Troubleshooting

Our survey is comprised of many useful software packages. In addition to Typeform, the survey system we've come to love, we're processing data in Google Data Studio, in Tableau, and with some custom code written by the C&S Compensation Survey Working Group.

For additional questions about the survey or bug reports, please contact survey@codeandsupply.co or join #team--survey on C&S Slack.

Licensing and Using our Reports

Our survey reports are open for all to read and share, with some restrictions. Individuals are welcome to use the insights gained to improve their lives. We ask that companies who find our survey reports useful and actionable become sponsors in order to fund our work.

Our survey results write-ups are licensed for use under the terms of Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0, which allows sharing, but requires attribution and prohibits commercial use and derivatives. Click here for more information or read the license at the beginning of the report.


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