Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results 2016


by: Joni Bolkvadze
Published on 18 / 03 / 2016
In Tech

Stack Overflow is one of the largest developer communities in the world. Every year they survey tens of thousands developers across the world about various aspects in the IT industry, including technologies, languages, salaries, etc. This year over 50000 developers participated in a survey. So here is all you need to know about this research.

The majority of responders were Full-Stack Web Developer (28.8%), followed by Back-End Web Developers (12.2%), Students - 11.4%, Mobile Developers - 8.4%, Desktop Developers - 6.9%, Front-End Web Developers - 5.8%.

The average developer is 29.6 years old. The median is 27. Most of them, over 30%, have 2 - 5 Years experience

92% of developers were Male and just 5.8% marked Female. While most of Female developers are Designers.

An interesting fact about developers is that around 70% of them are self-taught, without development or programming related education background.

Average salary among developers with 5+ years experience the USA 2016.

Average salary among developers with 5+ years experience the USA 2016

For the second year in a row Rust, Swift and Go make the top 5 most loved programming languages. VB tops the list of the most dreaded technologies – developers wouldn’t miss it if it went extinct. Developers who don’t currently develop with Android, Node and Angular want to do so.

Most Popular Web Languages and Technologies 2016

As we see, Javascript is a leading language, since last year it has increased by 1%. Interesting is that among these languages PHP appears to be falling out of favor as Node and Angular emerge. However, since PHP 7 was launched, with dozens of improvements and doubled speed, at the end of the year we should expect to see PHP becoming more popular.


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