iOS developers earn roughly $10k more than Android counterparts, study shows

Stack Overflow, an online social community of more than 4.7 million programmers, recently discovered iOS mobile developers frequently earn higher annual salaries than their Android counterparts. 

The Stack Overflow "2016 Developer Survey" of more than 50,000 developers revealed the average iOS mobile developer earns $115,460 annually. Comparatively, Android developers boast an annual salary of $104,648.

  • There are just as many developers who refer to themselves as "Mobile Developers" as there are "Android Mobile Developers" (3 percent for each).

  • About 2.5 percent of all developers are "iOS Mobile Developers," and 0.1 percent referred to themselves as "Windows Phone Mobile Developers."

  • 8.4 percent of women respondents said they were Android mobile developers, while 5.9 percent identified themselves as iOS mobile developers.

  • 76.4 percent of iOS mobile developers and 75.9 percent of Android mobile developers said they value diversity in the workplace.

Although Stack Overflow found the average mobile app developer's annual salary exceeded $100,000, other studies have shown this salary may vary across the United States.

For example, online salary, benefits and compensation information company PayScale discovered the average mobile app developer in the United States can expect to earn roughly $72,000 annually.

Annual salaries mobile developers U.S.

Source: Stack Overflow

PayScale also noted geography often impacts a mobile app developer's salary, followed by tenure. 

In addition, employment search engine provider Indeed said the average mobile app developer earns about $102,000 annually.

The average mobile app developer's salary may increase over the new few years, too. 

Technology research firm Gartner has predicted the market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations' capacity to deliver them. 

"Organizations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic," Gartner Principal Research Analyst Adrian Leow said in a prepared statement. "We're seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging. Mobile strategists must use tools and techniques that match the increase in mobile app needs within their organizations."

Mobile app development teams "need to formulate a process of mobile app prioritization that involves understanding the needs of business stakeholders," according to Gartner.

By doing so, mobile app developers can identify common criteria for evaluating mobile app projects and design and deploy apps that meet their customers needs. This ultimately may empower mobile app developers to better serve their customers, and ultimately, increase their annual salaries.