Python still has the strongest grip on developers
And a reminder that experience points matter a lot
Python is still a top choice for software developers, beating out other programming languages, according to a widely respected industry poll.
CodeSignal's 2023 State of Engineer Hiring Survey report found that Python (specifically Python 3) dominated as the most frequently used language, and highest paying, among the more than 2,800 devs surveyed, with a 16-point lead over the second most popular language, Java.
Those statistics don't differ too much from other sources that rank language popularity, with the IEEE finding last year that Python topped its list for the second year in a row. TIOBE software, which releases indexes of the most popular languages, has also placed Python on the top for some time, where it still sits as of April's monthly index.
What about that hiring data?
Most of CodeSignal's respondents (14.3 percent) reported a salary in the $100k (£79k) to $119,999 (£95.5k) range, with the highest paying roles being back-end developers, full stack and front-end developers, and data scientists.
"By and large, however, what coding language a software engineer uses isn't the best predictor of their salary – their level of coding skill is," CodeSignal wrote in the report.
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On that note, CodeSignal didn't find any relationship between education level and assessment scores; the correlation was instead found between self-reported years of experience and assessment score.
That means "having a college degree doesn't make a difference in whether candidates have strong coding skills," CodeSignal explained.
Here's where burned-out and/or underpaid developers should pay attention: CodeSignal compared reported years of experience and salary and found that, for each additional year of coding experience, salary increases by around $5,250 (£4,181). In other words, developers getting ready to face their yearly review now have a bar by which to measure that raise against looking for another job. ®