Majority of App Developers Make Less Than $500 a Month

While several developers have made a living out of their apps on smartphones such as Google's Play store and Apple's iOS App Store, the majority of developers generate less than just $500 a month, a study has found.

A recent GigaOM study of app developers found that more than 50 percent of them said they make less than $500 a month from their paid apps.

However, app development isn’t a full-time job for the majority of the respondents. 75 percent of the 352 developers questioned in the study work another job or carry out app development as a part of their main job.

5 percent of app creators, however, are making over $20,000 a month. That said, such developers are usually part of the bigger firms including EA, etc. And then there's Angry Birds creator Rovio, who are reportedly worth over $5.5 billion.

 

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  • amuffin
    Because the money has already been taken.

    The problem is with these app stores, is there are too many apps.

    Maybe you could have made money about 2-3 years ago. Now, it's just flooded.
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  • eklipz330
    not surprised at all. and i don't think it'll ever change. if anything, it will become more diluted
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  • halcyon
    ...and its readily apparent in offerings we see.
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  • eklipz330
    not surprised at all. and i don't think it'll ever change. if anything, it will become more diluted
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  • halcyon
    ...and its readily apparent in offerings we see.
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  • alidan
    make something usefull and not a fart noise app, and you will probably make more money.

    make a simple but addictive game, and there you go, self sustaining wealth for life.
    and the game isnt hard, you could make a flash in the pan game, and it would still net you probably 100k before its forgotten at 1$ a pop.

    really wish i had programming skills, as i have ideas, and i know i could be big, but i got no talent and no money to fund talent.
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