Who is the Highest Paid Java Programmer

Salary: IT jobs for greedy people: up to 9,000 euros per month

If you really want to earn well, the following job profiles are recommended. With a wide range for beginners, young professionals and seniors.

Three personnel consultants, one opinion: there are far too few representatives of the professions mentioned here. While the law of the market prevails elsewhere (- read: salaries rise -), for example, SMEs simply don't want to pay more for IT specialists than they do for the big boss himself. Therefore, according to ePunkt managing director Daniel Marwan, the search often takes a long time. The fees are still impressive:

1. Java and .Net / C # software developers

For years they have topped the hit list: "Java and .Net / C # developers are long-running," sighs Alexander Wozak, managing director of HR Consulting, which specializes in IT and technology. She also describes his counterpart Leopold Kuschny from Strateg-it as “extremely in demand”. Wozak specifies: They are "essential" in environments such as J2EE, Hibernate, STRUTS and Servlets. The trend is currently more towards Java than Microsoft, with which it has been matching for years. Then there is the distinction between front and back end: "Many programmers like it better in the back end."

Where, according to Kuschny, it is not so bad to earn: HTL graduates (especially IT and organization) get a gross monthly gross of 2,050 euros right from the start. Warning: an unfavorable collective agreement (trade!) Tears down the guideline value again.

TU graduates start with 2,400 to 2,600 euros, but due to a lack of routine they are less in demand than the practical HTL students. On the other hand, employers are more tolerant with them than with their FH colleagues, who have to bring exactly the right field of study with them.

Practitioners with three to five years of experience are torn from the hands of the consultants. 4,000 euros gross monthly are the rule here. Even 40-year-olds who only learned Java in their second education can easily accommodate Kuschny in the market.

General career perspective: first software programmer, then analyst, then project employee and finally project manager with managerial responsibility. Which does not appeal to many. Kuschny: “Most developers really enjoy doing their job. You don't even want to get on! "

2. PHP software developers
(Hypertext Preprocessor)


“Dynamic websites and applications are trendy again,” explains Wozak. This is especially true for the media (social media, apps, mobile applications) and finance and banking (e-banking).
Requirements: Computer science with a technical college, university of applied sciences or university degree and three to five years of experience. There are then 3200 to 4000 euros per month.

3. Agile software developers (evolution models)

In the past, software was developed in the same way as houses were built, says Marwan. You planned, thought about components and interfaces, divided it up into manageable chunks and began programming. There was no room for new topics in the rigid system.

That would be different thanks to agile development methods such as SCRUM and Extreme Programming. They would even allow course corrections on a daily basis, which is very convenient for developers. There are still few experts, so the demand is correspondingly high. The salaries correspond to those under point 1.

4. Software and systems developer in the automotive sector


Engine, brakes, on-board computers - vehicles are also increasingly being controlled electronically. Developers deal with testing system processes, fine-tuning, documentation and quality assurance.

The ideal profile of all employers is a degree in technical informatics, electrical engineering, electronics, mechatronics or physics. Because this is difficult to find, a corresponding HTL or FH degree will do the same. Marwan estimates the salary range from 2000 euros (beginners) to 4500 euros (with professional experience, without management function).

5. Simatic or S7 software engineers (PLC)


Often there is no need to study at all. TU graduates rarely learn how to put the high-tech controls of special machines into operation. HTL and FH computer scientists can do that, but also electrical, control and automation technicians.

The starting salary in particular is still moderate: 2200 euros are available for young HTL graduates, 3,000 to 5,000 euros for five to seven years of experience and a hot 6000 euros for veterans aged 15 and over. Which, incidentally, are difficult to persuade to change: "Engineers are loyal," says Wozak.

6. SAP consultants and ABAP programmers

Whether in-house or external, customization or programming: SAP is and will remain a long-running favorite. "Angry tongues claim that not even at SAP has anyone else mastered the entire package," says Kuschny. That is why consultants who tell the client company what it actually needs are booming. A junior consultant (who is then often lured away by the company being advised) receives EUR 2800, and an experienced senior receives EUR 5000 to 9000. The programming of individual modules in the SAP programming language ABAP can also be learned in an AMS course and brings in up to 3500 euros per month.

7. Business Intelligence (BI) Professional

Gathering data from the various systems and using reporting tools to make evaluations so that management can see how their company is doing - this is how Kuschny describes the task of business intelligence experts. Internal controllers usually grow into the task and are trained in courses and on-the-job. The employer then tends to forget about the raise. The sought-after (and rare) specialists are worth 7,000 to 8,000 euros after a few years. But because they do not know that, they are satisfied with much less.

8. Oracle E-Business Suite Database Experts

The new Oracle version is used by companies with huge amounts of data and countless customers (telecommunications, banks) or individual parts (production companies, automotive industry). The handpicked, accomplished database experts in Austria (estimated ten to 15) are sought by headhunters like CEOs elsewhere. Their labor market value is 8,000 euros a month - which they don't quite see for themselves. Wozak: "Somebody asked me once if it was for half a day."

("Die Presse", print edition, May 12, 2012, Andrea Lehky)