Top 6 Mobile App Development Career Paths in 2023

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Mobile app development is a massive skill in the 21st century. In fact, the revenue of the mobile app market worldwide is mobile app revenue in 2022 is $437 billion USD. (Statista)

A mobile app developer is a programmer who focuses on software creation for mobile devices such as smartphones or wearables.

Most mobile app developers create smartphone apps for the Android, macOS, or Windows mobile operating system.

This article will show you the five areas of focus you could pursue to become a mobile app developer.

#1 – Android App Developer

An Android app developer is a programmer who focuses on software creation for mobile devices such as smartphones or wearables using the Android operating system.

How much does an Android App Developer make per year?

Figure: Average Income of an Android App Developer in the US by Source.

The average annual income of an Android App Developer in the United States is between $85,000 and $126,577 with an average of $106,923 and a statistical median of $107,343 per year.

🌍 Learn More: I’ve written a full guide on this career path and published it on the Finxter blog here.

#2 – iOS App Developer

An iOS app developer is a programmer who focuses on software creation for Apple mobile devices such as iPhones or wearables such as Apple Watches. Most mobile app developers create smartphone apps for the iOS or watchOS mobile operating systems using the Swift programming language.

How much does an iOS App Developer make per year?

iOS developer income by source (United States)

The average annual income of an iOS Developer in the United States is between $83,351 and $145,000 with an average of $110,331 and a statistical median of $111,716 per year.

🌍 Learn More: I’ve written a full guide on this career path and published it on the Finxter blog here.

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#3 – Firebase Developer

Firebase is a Google-based platform to create mobile and web applications easily. Firebase developers are programmers who create mobile apps with Firebase

The average annual income of a Firebase Developer is approximately $80,000 according to PayScale (source).

🌍 Learn More: I’ve written a full guide on this career path and published it on the Finxter blog here.

#4 – Flutter Developer

A Flutter Developer developer creates, edits, analyzes, debugs, and supervises the development of Android mobile apps written in the Flutter programming framework using the Dart programming language.

The average income of a Flutter developer in the US is $112,125 per year or $57.50 per hour. Entry-level Flutter developers start with approximately $100,000 per year. Experienced developers make up to $159,900 per year. (source)

🌍 Learn More: I’ve written a full guide on this career path and published it on the Finxter blog here.

#5 – Kotlin Developer

A Kotlin Developer is an Android app programmer using the Kotlin programming language.

Kotlin is JVM compatible and, thus, fully compatible with Java. That’s why it’s often used as an alternative to Java when developing Android applications.

The average annual income of a Kotlin Developer is $102,000 according to PayScale and averages between $113,000 to $147,000 per year according to Ziprecruiter.

🌍 Learn More: I’ve written a full guide on this career path and published it on the Finxter blog here.

#6 – Swift Developer

A Swift developer is a programmer who creates software and mobile applications for the Swift programming language for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. (Source)

The average annual income of a Swift Developer is between $93,000 (25th percentile) and $114,500 (75th percentile) according to Ziprecruiter (source).

🌍 Learn More: I’ve written a full guide on this career path and published it on the Finxter blog here.

Bonus #7 – Alexa Developer

Alexa is the cloud-based voice service distributed and sold by Amazon. It is available on hundreds of millions of devices and from third-party device manufacturers.

An Alexa developer creates voice applications, so-called Alexa Skills, that run on the Alexa mobile device using the Alexa developer environment.

The average income of an Alexa skill developer in the US is $88,617 per year according to ZipRecruiter. This is approximately $42 per hour, $1,704 per week, or $7,385 per month.

Conclusion

A mobile app developer is a programmer who focuses on software creation for mobile devices such as smartphones or wearables. Most mobile app developers create smartphone apps for the Android, macOS, or Windows mobile operating system.

This article has shown you six main areas of focus. The technologies presented here overlap significantly but I hope reading this article has given you an initial glimpse into the world of mobile app development.