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How much money do you make? Take the Game Developer Salary Survey!
How much money do you make? Take the Game Developer Salary Survey!
February 4, 2013 | By Staff

The editors of Game Developer magazine and Gamasutra are inviting readers to participate in the annual Game Developer Salary Survey, the only worldwide, publicly-released statistical study of game industry salaries and benefits. The information provided will help inform the entire game development community.

The survey takes approximately 7 minutes to complete, and will run until Friday, February 22nd. The results will be published in the April 2013 issue of Game Developer magazine, and highlights will be made available on; you can find last year's highlights here.

The Game Developer Salary Survey also includes money earned for indie and contract developers, which will be reported alongside traditional statistics for full-time employees of established game companies. In addition to salary numbers, the survey also asks for opinions from professionals about the current state of the industry, which we will once again include in the final article.

In appreciation for their time and effort, participants' names will be entered into a drawing to win a Main Conference Pass for their choice of the lineup of Game Developers Conference (GDC) events in 2013; GDC 2013, GDC Europe, GDC China, or GDC Next.

Interested developers can now fill out the survey and register for the conference pass drawing. This survey is anonymous, and none of the information presented will be associated with any individually identifiable information.

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Bradley Johnson
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Notch, I can fill it out for you if you want. Just let me know.

Jeremy Reaban
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I'd be curious seeing something like this for game journalists...

Brandon Sheffield
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There was one some time ago, and man, when I was editor in chief of game developer magazine I sure did not make upward of $80-100k. would've been nice!

Jonathan Jennings
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That was exciting, this is the first year I could contribute to the survey!

Andrew Dobbs
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Should we include unemployment income?

Patrick Miller
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Jonathan Murphy
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I have a few more months of work before funding, staff and cookies. So my current income is going to be low. But I've held the mantra of, "Lower dev costs is the future." A bit too extreme for my tastes but still an impressively low budget.