So, you’ve decided you want to become a programmer. You’ve chosen a great career! There won’t be any shortage of jobs – an estimated 150,000 jobs will be created in the Irish digital sector by 2020.
Programming is just one the avenues you can take with your digital career, so you may be wondering how it pays. Fear not – it pays pretty well and there are great opportunities for career progression. Fancy starting out with a job that pays €30,000 a year?
A report produced by Morgan McKinley broke down salaries by the level of experience and location. It’s pretty handy for helping you decide where you want to work. They focus on the cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
If you’re freshly qualified and looking for a job with no previous experience, you could be in with a chance of landing a job with an annual salary of anywhere between €27,000 and €30,000. After 3 years of experience, you should be in line to receive a €10,000 bump, earning between €35,000 and €40,000, depending on the region you’re working in.
Sound appealing? It gets better! Programmers with more than five years of experience can earn up to €70,000 per year. Dublin is the place to be if you want the big bucks – this is where the higher wages come into play. The other cities, for similar roles with the same experience, will pay you an average of €45,000 to €65,000.
The wage you get will, of course, be subject to which city you base yourself in but also which company and your talent level. Different companies want different skills so it’s important to go for one that you feel will push your career in the right direction.
If you think a career in programming is for you, check out these great tips on how to create a professional programming CV to land your first job in this dynamic marketplace.