Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Survey 2022

Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Survey 2022

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Welcome to our 8th annual Games & Interactive Salary Satisfaction Survey results!

Each year we gather information from people in the games and interactive industry across a range of topics: salaries, benefits, remote work, priorities, and much more. This year with the world adapting to a “new normal” look out for our new questions and themes to see what’s happening across the industry.

If you have followed our surveys previously, you’ll notice the varying trends that have appeared across the years. Following on from last years survey where the focus was on the impact Covid had across the industry, this year has highlighted the influence the pandemic has taken on remote working.

If you have any questions about the areas that we touch on in the document, then we’d love to hear from you. We aim to produce follow up pieces in our ‘Games Industry Guide’ series so the more requests we have for different areas, the more likely it’ll be that your topic will get brought to the top of the list!
The quickest way to do this is to tweet us using #SkillsearchSurvey2022 and we will keep track of requests through there.

Alternatively, if you or your company would like a deeper insight about a specific area or job title then please get in touch and we’ll be able to produce a personalised document for you.

Thank you again to everyone that got involved with the responses and we hope you enjoy this year’s results!

 

UK Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview

View the full report to look further into UK salary and satisfaction data including…

  • 56% of people were offered a job in 2021
    39% of those that were offered a job turned it down and stayed in their current role
    31% of those that turned a job offer down were of a Senior level in their career
  • Despite any uncertainty following the pandemic – the average UK salary has increased in all levels of seniority except for Graduate
  • For the second year running, average salaries for women in the UK games industry slightly overtook their male counterparts in Junior and Mid-level roles and have caught up significantly in more senior positions

 

Northern and Western Europe Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview

View the full report to look further into Northern and Western Europe salary and satisfaction data including…

  • Work/life balance was again considered a more important factor of a job following Covid, with a 22% increase in those who thought this. Alongside this, 15% said that company culture/atmosphere has become the least important factor
  • The average salary for North and West Europe increased by approx. 10k, with the gender pay gap also increasing since 2021
  • New for 2022 – Flexible/remote working overtook pension as the most desired benefit in the workplace

 

Southern and Eastern Europe Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview

View the full report to look further into Southern and Eastern Europe salary and satisfaction data including…

  • In contrast to last year where people expected they would spend less time working remotely post Covid, this year data shows people expect to spend the same amount of time, or more than they currently are, working remotely by the end of 2022
  • With personal development and challenging projects being introduced into this years survey, a higher percentage of people consider them a more important aspect of work than salary
  • Over half of people who have been at their company for less than a year are considering job hunting in 2022. Whereas the largest percentage of people who said they would not be job hunting have been at their company for 10+ years

 

Global Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview

View the full report to look further into global salary and satisfaction data including…

  • The average Mid-level salary for the UK, United States and Canada have all increased since 2021, whereas in all parts of Europe the average Mid-level salary has decreased
  • Last year Eastern Europe had the lowest average salary for those working on mobile games. This year it has overtaken both PC and console. Mobile games are also showing as the highest average salary in 5 out of 8 regions
  • Canada has the biggest gap between average salaries for men and women, with female salaries 33% lower

 

Programmers Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview

View the full report to look further into programmer salary and satisfaction data including…

  • The average salary of those using In House games engine continues to be higher than those using Unreal or Unity.
  • Unity is the most used Games Engine among Programmers. For those that were interested in trying a new engine, Unreal came out on top
  • 70% of Programmers that are considering job hunting in 2022 have been with their current company for 4-10 years

 

Artists Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview

View the full report to look further into artist salary and satisfaction data including…

  • This year we saw an increase in average salaries across the globe! With the average overall salary rising by approx. £8k
  • There has been no change in the percentage of Artists considering job hunting in 2022. Out of those Artists that are considering job hunting in 2022, the majority work in Concept Art
  • On average, Technical Artists continue to earn more compared to other types of artists in the games industry. However, all other types of artists have seen an increase in their average salary over the last year, with VFX artists being the exception where they have seen a decrease

Finally

A reminder that if you have any burning questions or would like to know more about a specific area, piece of data, or sample size please get in touch, we're happy to help answer your questions!

Thank you for reading we look forward to hearing your thoughts on Twitter and LinkedIn. Join the conversation with #SkillsearchSurvey2022

Want to compare this year's data with 2021? Take a look at last year's Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Survey here!

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