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Game programming and engineering job descriptions and salary ranges in the UK.

Game programming and engineering job descriptions and salary ranges in the UK. First published in 2009, these figures still hold good as a broad guide to salary ranges. Most expensive locations like London will be at top of salary range and lower cost locations like the North East of the UK and parts of Scotland will be at the lower of the ranges quoted.

Job Title/Salary Alternative Titles Job Description
Technical Director £60,000-£90,000  Chief Technical Officer. The Technical Director will be responsible for the programming team across multiple projects and is responsible for all technology across the development company.
Programming Manager £50,000-£70,000  Technical Manager, Technical Producer, Technology Manager,  In conjunction with the Producer, the Programming Manager puts together and manages the team of game programmers responsible for creating all the computer code which runs and controls a game. The Programming Manager manages the software engineering of a game from start to finish. 
Engine Programmer £25,000-£45,000  Tools ProgrammerLow Level ProgrammerR&D ProgrammerTechnology Programmer Engine programmers are specialist programmers that write the code for a game engine or parts of a game engine that can potentially be used in multiple games. They can also work on R&D or Technology to improve engines for future games. 
Graphics Programmer £25,000-£45,000  Rendering ProgrammerAnimation ProgrammerShader Programmer Graphics Programmers specialise in the design and writing of computer code that runs and controls the graphics of a game on screen.
Audio Programmer 25,000-£45,000  Sound Programmer Audio Programmers design and write the computer code that runs and controls the sound in a game.
Network Programmer £30,000-£45,000  Online ProgrammerNetwork Logic Programmer,Server Programmer, Networking Programmer, Multiplayer Programmer  Network Programmers specialise in the design and writing of computer code that runs and controls an online game or the online elements of a multiplayer game.
Gameplay Programmer £25,000-£45,000  AI ProgrammerPhysics Programmer  Gameplay Programmers specialise in the design and writing of computer code that runs and controls the gameplay elements of a game including the reactions of enemies and team mates to the actions of player (artificial intelligence) and managing the reactions of objects in the game to abide by the laws of physics. 
Special Effects Programmer £25,000-£40,000  Visual Effects programmer Special Effects Programmers specialise in the design and writing of computer code that runs and controls the visual effects of a game, such as explosions, smoke, wind and water.

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1 comment to Game programming and engineering job descriptions and salary ranges in the UK.

  • Jon Price

    Hi,
    Im currently looking for work and i would be really interested in a job in the gaming industry as i have always been a very creative and dedicated person. I’ve been playing computer games from since i can remember and im easily adaptable to new genres. I’ve recently learnt that the best way to get into the gaming industry is to begin as a game tester and work your way up, i would really appreciate it if someone could help me in going about this.. I live in London(UK) and i am 23 years of age.

    Thank you very much for your time,
    Jon