Did you know: just 6% of mobile app developers are women, and other interesting facts

Did you know: just 6  of mobile app developers are women, and other interesting facts

If you ever wanted to take a look at who's building the apps you're using on a daily basis, let this survey by InMobi be your guide. According to the mobile advertising platform, the average developer is a 31 to 35-year old male with less than three of years of app development experience who earns around $6,000 per month. Apparently, only 6% of the 1089 developers surveyed are female, and only 16% of them have more than five years of app making experience. Hmm...

InMobi's survey targeted three regions with established mobile app development scenes – North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Globally, it is men that dominate the industry, with 91% identifying themselves as male. Europe and the Asia-Pacific region had less than 5% female representatives. In North America, around 11% of app developers were women.

According to the study, the global average age for a developer is 33. App developers in North America are older than their global counterparts, though, with 52% of them aged 35 years old or above. The majority of developers have less than three years of experience, with 34% claiming four-plus years in the industry or more. Most of them also prefer to work on their own, with 47% working as independent developers and 33% working in a team of less than five.

Unsurprisingly, the main motivation for app developers is money, as almost 35% said revenue was the reason they build apps. 'Fun' and 'Creative opportunity' were cited by 17% and 16%, respectively. 14% of developers said the apps economy is an exciting market to be in, and 6% said it was mainly the lifestyle that attracted them. Alas, for such a profit-minded community, rewards are actually rather low. 55% of developers make $1,000 a month at most, while 4% take home more than $100,000 per month.

The survey says North American developers can earn $9,400 per month on average, despite the fact that 49% of them still earn less than $1,000. Developers in the Asia-Pacific region have it the worst, for 61% among them earn $1,000 or less, whereas average monthly revenue is $3,400. Then again, living standards in Asian countries are different as well.

As for the kind of apps under development, more than 41% of app developers work on mobile games. This is unsurprising, considering how many games are available in both the App Store and Google Play. Entertainment apps account for 32% of all app development, although media apps are surprisingly unpopular, with only 9% of developers working in that area.

source: ARC by Applause

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14 Comments

1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

41% are games. Wow. And women have more years of experience than men? What a disgrace. Lel

3. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Waiting till all the feminists go crazy on the male developers saying "Men are stealing our jobs"!!

5. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

You are all misogynistic fools! DONT YOU SEE THE OPPRESSION? MOST WOMEN ARE SO OPPRESSED, THEY DONT EVEN KNOW IT! HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE WAGE GAP? WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO TELL YOU MORE OF MY "feminist" RESEARCH!? CAUSE I WILL TELL YOU MORE. STUPID RAPIST!

15. MotoFoner

Posts: 34; Member since: May 11, 2015

Yep, you're obviously smoking crack... as your name admits to.

16. Hypergy

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

Did you know Women can give birth while Men can't? Stop these stupid ass articles. We are equal but not the same.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

$9,400 per month? LOL In our country, $500 per month is actually considered "decent pay".

18. MarinoVladimir

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

& what is Your country?

4. dazed1

Posts: 786; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Grabs popcorn.

6. monoke

Posts: 1142; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

No surprises here. Go to a computer science or engineering class, you'd be surprise to find more than 2 females in a class of round 25. lol.

7. Charlie2k

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Well.. Phonearena mentions in every article that there are too few WP-users so there's no Money in making apps for WP. Well.. the study this article refers to indicates the opposite.

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I'm guessing that ladies aren't so interested in app development then.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

No surprise, chicks are more into fashion, the results would be reversed when you look in the fashion industry...

12. saif2711

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Thank God otherwise the app would be like I have a boyfriend when you try to open it.

14. michaelny2001

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

just 6% of mobile app developers are women of course, women don't care about games and most apps. Don't make this sexist. It's like saying 99% of men are not crocheting. Well of course we don't care about it.

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