Software Games Survey

Compensation and Benefits

The Croner Software Games Survey – North America is our benchmark compensation and benefits Survey of the entertainment software industry for software gaming jobs in North America.

This leading-edge report provides compensation data for jobs in all gaming platform types – including mobile, social, console, PC, cloud, handheld, MMO, casino and virtual reality games. The 2021 Croner Software Games Survey – North America Results provides data for total rewards of 61 companies in the U.S. for 505 positions and 22 companies in Canada for 105 positions.

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World-Class Participants

For 30 years, this Survey has provided market data for compensation and benefits offered at companies that publish and/or develop software for entertainment in North America. Its scope and content have evolved each year to reflect current conditions within the industry, including the addition of the International Survey for companies based inside and outside the U.S.

Major industry players and emerging companies rely upon the Survey results to make informed decisions about how to pay video gaming jobs by using salary differentials to benchmark compensation, establish job architecture, set rational pay levels and pay structures and make informed decisions about bonus plans, equity plans and benefits.

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Valuable Data for Critical Decisions

Participant companies use our Survey results to understand salary differentials, benchmark sector-specific compensation, establish rational pay levels and pay structures and make well-informed decisions about their competitive bonus plans and equity plans.

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Significant Features

Of the Croner Software Games Survey – North America

  • Compensation and Benefits Survey with full range of industry-specific jobs at all organization levels, from Head of Studios to Associate Game Designer

  • Mobile-specific jobs and data cuts for mobile specialty

  • Sales Plan, Bonus Plan, Product Development Plan and Equity Plan design details

  • Data cuts by geography, business model, revenue size and platform

  • Deferred Compensation and Selected Benefits reported, along with PTO and other selected practices

  • Tools for Analysis include: Paired Comparison, Titles Matched and CEO Regression by Revenue

  • Participation in annual Croner Interim Merit Budget Survey included

  • Results delivered via secure online data portal, which allows for presentation-ready reports for every position for all or specific cuts

  • Comprehensive position descriptions, updated annually to mirror industry changes

  • Separate survey and report offered for software gaming positions located internationally

Key Dates & Survey Pricing

2023 Survey Schedule

Survey Planning Meeting: May 4, 2023

Questionnaire Distribution: July 1

Data Effective Date: July 1

Questionnaire Due Date: August 1

Full Report of Results Published: November

Report of Results Webinar: Mid December

Salary Budgets Survey Supplement: August Questionnaire Distribution, Results Published in September

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The Croner Company conducts all of our surveys as an independent third party. You can trust us. We have many decades of experience successfully ensuring the security, confidentiality and consistency of the data we provide.


All participant submissions are processed securely and held in strict confidence. Survey results are reported only in summary form; no attribution is made to any specific data from any participating entities.

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Survey results are distributed only to the participants in each survey. All participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.

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