The recently published 2022 Croner Software Games Survey – North America shows that salaries for software gaming talent experienced material compensation growth in the past year.

The growth in compensation for U.S. software games companies was driven primarily by material increases in base salary along with moderate growth in total cash compensation. The result was strong overall growth in total direct compensation. The growth in compensation was experienced across all organization levels and across all job family categories.

Croner’s leading-edge annual report provides data about compensation programs and practices for jobs in all gaming platforms, including mobile, PC, console, MMOG, social, cloud, handheld and casino games.

Further findings of note in the report include the following observations:

  • Among U.S. senior professional engineering positions, base salaries for Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning were highest in 2022 among senior professional level positions in all software engineering job families.
  • Among U.S. marketing positions, base salaries for Brand Marketing Specialists were highest in 2022 among journey level positions in all Marketing specialties.

The Croner Software Games Survey – North America, now in its 32nd year, is the benchmark compensation resource serving the entertainment software industry in the U.S. and Canada.  It provides market data for salaries for software gaming talent, in the U.S. and in Canada.

Companies use the results to compete for software gaming employees.  The 2022 report summarizes the compensation programs and practices of 77 companies and 564 positions in the U.S. and for 32 companies and 151 positions in Canada. The results provide data on base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation.

Additionally, the Croner Software Games Survey – International serves software gaming companies with offices in the U.K., Europe and Asia. The 2022 report summarizes the compensation practices of 34 software gaming companies in 12 countries.

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Salaries for Software Gaming Talent Continued to Grow in 2022