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Python Developer Salary Survey Results

The survey was conducted over a 1 month period in February 2014 using a simple Google form. The anonymized data was then stored in an SQL Server database. The raw data is publicly accessible via SlashDB API. In this notebook we are doing some simple analysis of the results using (what else) Python. Enjoy.

Access to raw survey data provided by SlashDB


Survey data, HTML representation

Survey data, JSON representation

Data Load

In [18]:
%matplotlib inline
import pandas
import numpy

pandas.options.display.float_format = '${:,.2f}'.format

responses_all = pandas.read_json('http://demo.slashdb.com/db/pystreet/response_usd.json')
responses_usa = pandas.read_json('http://demo.slashdb.com/db/pystreet/response_usd/country/United%20States.json')

Survey participation by country

In [19]:
by_country = responses_all.groupby('country').size().order()
by_country.plot(kind='barh', figsize=(7,10), fontsize=15)
<matplotlib.axes.AxesSubplot at 0xa78c518>

Salary Analysis

Remove outliers

Note that there are a few outliers in the raw data, where the annual salary is clearly outside of sensible range. Skip the following cell if you don't want to remove the outliers or modify the cutoff values.

In [20]:
min_salary_cutoff = 500
max_salary_cutoff = 800000
responses_all = responses_all[responses_all['salary_usd'] > min_salary_cutoff]
responses_all = responses_all[responses_all['salary_usd'] < max_salary_cutoff]
responses_usa = responses_usa[responses_usa['salary_usd'] > min_salary_cutoff]
responses_usa = responses_usa[responses_usa['salary_usd'] < max_salary_cutoff]

Salary paid

In [21]:
salary = responses_all["salary_usd"]
salary_usa = responses_usa["salary_usd"]
desired_salary = responses_all["desired_salary_usd"]

d = [{'Min':salary_usa.min(),'Max':salary_usa.max(),'Avg':salary_usa.mean(),'Median':salary_usa.median()},
df = pandas.DataFrame.from_records(d)
df = df[['Min','Max','Avg','Median']]
df.index = ['USA','Worldwide',]
Min Max Avg Median
USA $30,000.00 $600,000.00 $105,998.96 $95,000.00
Worldwide $1,443.30 $600,000.00 $63,817.37 $50,000.00

Salary desired

In [22]:
desired_salary = responses_all["desired_salary_usd"]
desired_salary_usa = responses_usa["desired_salary_usd"]

d = [{'Min':desired_salary_usa.min(),'Max':desired_salary_usa.max(),'Avg':desired_salary_usa.mean(),'Median':desired_salary_usa.median()},
df = pandas.DataFrame.from_records(d)
df = df[['Min','Max','Avg','Median']]
df.index = ['USA','Worldwide',]
Min Max Avg Median
USA $40,000.00 $700,000.00 $127,043.39 $120,000.00
Worldwide $1,900.00 $700,000.00 $84,593.24 $69,444.44

USA Salary Breakdown

In [23]:
plot = responses_usa.hist(column=['salary_usd','desired_salary_usd'], bins=[0, 25000,50000,75000,100000,125000,150000,175000,200000,225000,250000,275000,300000,325000,350000,375000,400000,425000,450000,475000,500000], figsize=(20,5), xrot=45, xlabelsize=15)

Worldwide Salary Breakdown

In [24]:
plot = responses_all.hist(column=['salary_usd','desired_salary_usd'], bins=[0, 25000,50000,75000,100000,125000,150000,175000,200000,225000,250000,275000,300000,325000,350000,375000,400000,425000,450000,475000,500000], figsize=(20,5), xrot=45, xlabelsize=15, ylabelsize=15)

How much more Python developers would like to earn?

In [25]:
x = responses_all[['salary_usd','desired_salary_usd']].mean()
# x.plot(kind='barh')
plot = x.plot(kind="bar", figsize=(7,7), fontsize=15, title="Average salary and average desired salary worldwide")
print "At a maximum {0:.0%}".format(((responses_all['desired_salary_usd'] - responses_all['salary_usd'])/responses_all['salary_usd'] ).max())
print "On average {0:.0%}".format(((responses_all['desired_salary_usd'] - responses_all['salary_usd'])/responses_all['salary_usd'] ).mean())
print "At a minimum {0:.0%}".format(((responses_all['desired_salary_usd'] - responses_all['salary_usd'])/responses_all['salary_usd'] ).min())
At a maximum 317%
On average 46%
At a minimum -7%

Salary as a function of years of experience

In [26]:
from numpy import max, min
df = responses_usa[['years_experience','salary_usd']]
g = df.groupby('years_experience')
df = g.agg([min, max])
df.plot(kind="line", figsize=(12,7), title="U.S. Python developer salary range as a function of experience.")

df = responses_all[['years_experience','salary_usd']]
g = df.groupby('years_experience')
df = g.agg([min, max])
df.plot(kind="line", figsize=(12,7), title="Worldwide Python developer salary range as a function of experience.")
<matplotlib.axes.AxesSubplot at 0xa78e940>

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