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Top 15 programming languages with the highest salaries

18th Dec `17, 10:48 AM in Data Science

Technology always takes a dominant position in economy and society. Millions of people, therefore, found their careers, and…

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Technology always takes a dominant position in economy and society. Millions of people, therefore, found their careers, and many others have even dived into a completely different field just for entering this industry. Even so, enterprises are still trying hard to seek for skilled programmers; when the right one shows, companies would even raise HR budgets. Technology is continuing to infiltrate into new platforms and industries, hence, to maximize one’s profit potentials, also for ensuring one’s place in the future of tech fields, choosing the right programming language is very important for a person. Now, let’s take a look at the 15 highest paying programming languages in 2017.

1. Go:

Go programmers get paid at an average of 110 thousand dollars per year, and it has been on the top for the recent years. Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Created at Google in 2009, after that it has been used in Uber, SoundCloud, Netflix, and Dropbox.

2. Scala:

Scala is a general-purpose programming language providing support for functional programming and a b static type system. Designed to be concise, many of Scala’s design decisions aimed to address criticisms of Java. Programmers equipped with Scala earn up to 110 thousand dollars a year.


Objective-C is one of the longest existence programming languages, and it’s also one of the programming languages that programmers know best. It was the main programming language used by Apple for the OS X and iOS operating systems. It is one of the most profitable programming languages. Estimated salary is between 100k to 110k dollars per year.

4. CoffeScript:

CoffeeScript is a programming language that transcompiles to JavaScript. Specific additional features include list comprehension and pattern matching. CoffeeScript programmers earn averagely 105 thousand dollars a year.

5. R:

R is an open source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics that is supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis. R programmers’ average salary is 100k dollars.

6. TypeScript:

TypeScript is a free and open-source programming language developed and maintained by Microsoft. It is a strict syntactical superset of JavaScript and adds optional static typing to the language. If you can master TypeScript, you can earn 100k dollars a year.

7. SQL:

SQL is a domain-specific language used in programming and designed for managing data held in a relational database management system (RDBMS), or for stream processing in a relational data stream management system (RDSMS). Companies like Google, Helix, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon are continuing in using SQL, and offer 70k-90k dollars a year to SQL programmers.

8. JAVA:

Java is one of the most popular and profitable programming languages. Particularly for client-server web applications, with a reported 9 million developers. The most qualified candidate can be offered a wage up to 117k dollars a year.

9. Python:

Python is a widely used high-level programming language for general-purpose programming. An interpreted language, Python has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability, and a syntax that allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than might be used in languages such as C++ or Java. Python experts are likely to have 99k dollars a year.

10. JavaScript:

Alongside HTML and CSS, JavaScript is one of the three core technologies of World Wide Web content production. It is used to make web pages interactive and provide online programs, including video games. JavaScript programmers’ salaries can be reached up to 110k dollars a year.

11. C++:

C++ is a general-purpose programming language. It has imperative, object-oriented and generic programming features, while also providing facilities for low-level memory manipulation. C++ professionals can find jobs that offer 90k-100k a year.

12. C#:

C# was developed by Microsoft within its .NET initiative and later approved as a standard by Ecma (ECMA-334) and ISO (ISO/IEC 23270:2006). C# is one of the programming languages designed for the Common Language Infrastructure. C# programmers can earn 107k dollars a year.

13. Perl:

Perl is a family of high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming languages. Because of its power and reliability, it is aka Swiss Army Knife in programming languages. Perl programmers can earn about 110k dollars a year.

14. PHP:

PHP is a server-side scripting language designed primarily for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language relied on C and C++ programming languages. Programmers that are expert in these three languages can easily find a high waged job, possibly can be reached up to 120k dollars a year.

15. IOS/Swift:

Swift is likely to be the most important language that has been released recent years. Swift is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm and compiled programming language developed by Apple Inc. for iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and Linux. Generally, programmers work with Swift R&D can earn 80k a year, but some high-end position’s salary can reach 120k dollars a year.

Since the market is lack of such elite programmers nowadays, and corporations wish to fill up the blanks in R&D projects, so as long as you master one of the above languages, you’ll get more advantages when talking about your salaries.