If you are currently employed as a mobile engineer, congratulations! You have chosen a tech career that is in large demand. Increasing dependence of smartphone users for mobile apps makes it much more than likely that mobile engineers will see a major surge in job opportunities in coming years.
According to Business2Community.com, even now the Apple App Store boasts close to 2 million mobile apps and Google Play reigns supreme with an astounding 2.2 million. Meanwhile, Gartner predicts that in 2017, over 268 billion mobile downloads will generate an income of $77 billion.
Thus, the career outlook for mobile engineers is flush with opportunity for advancement. But, what does it take to get a promotion as a mobile engineer? Here are some factors that can make the difference between standing still in your tech career and advancing to the next level.
Basic Characteristics that Lead to Promotion
Before diving into educational requirements and technical skills that will get you that tech promotion, there are some common people skills that can make or break your career. Here are a few for your consideration:
Choose Performance over Persuasion: Forbes notes that you should focus on actually being good at your job, rather than expending energy on convincing people that you are good. If you want a promotion, find out what the next logical step in your career path is, and research what will be required. Read, study, and learn about the position by talking with others who already hold a similar position. The more you know, the farther you will go.
Learn to Collaborate: Entry-level mobile developers may work on a very small part of a much bigger project. Demonstrating that you can work well with others is an essential people skill for which managers will be looking. Collaboration will be important throughout your entire career, so make smooth teamwork a priority from your first tech job onward.
Develop Leadership Ability: Make it your aim to understand in which direction your company is headed with a particular project as well as in general. Then, demonstrate your leadership chops by taking the initiative to align your work and, to the extent possible, your entire team’s work, with overall business objectives. Thinking in terms of the big picture is a valued leadership trait.
Hone Your Communication Skills: Communication skills are essential for every mobile engineer. Whether you are talking to fellow tech experts, clients with little tech expertise, or upper management in your company, learn to speak in a clear, concise way about your projects. Remember, too, that your written communication skills must be sharp as well.
Cultivate a Good Work Ethic: Whether you work with a company that embraces flexible scheduling or a strict 9-to-5 policy, make certain that your projects are completed on or before deadlines and that, when you are given latitude to schedule your own work, you consistently give your projects 100 percent during working hours.
Educational Requirements for Mobile Engineer Jobs
For the most part, if you want to work for the top tech companies as a mobile engineer, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree. At the top of the mobile engineer career ladder, you may find that a master’s degree or a doctorate is preferred.
For instance, while only one percent of mobile engineers need a doctorate, six percent of mobile engineering leads need a doctorate. The more advanced the position for which you are aiming, the more likelihood there is that additional education is required.
Technical Skills for Mobile Engineer Jobs
According to Paysa data gathered from thousands of job listings for mobile engineers, here is a list of some of the top technical skills needed along with the percentage of job listings that indicate the skill as desirable:
- Java: 41 percent
- Objective-C: 35 percent
- Mobile Devices: 27 percent
- Mobile Applications: 25 percent
- Android: 25 percent
Mobile engineers who are familiar with creating apps across the major mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows Phone may find it easier to get a promotion than those who specialize in just one platform. However, a high level of specialization in one platform may also get you noticed, depending on the company with which you work.
Career Pathways for Mobile Engineers
As with other occupations in the tech field, there are a number of different career paths you can take as a mobile engineer. One of the most common pathways involves progressing like this:
- Mobile Application Engineer to Mobile Engineer
- Mobile Engineer to Senior Mobile Engineer
- Senior Mobile Engineer to Mobile Engineering Lead
What can you expect at these different levels regarding salary and other compensation? Here is a quick look at Paysa data across thousands of tech companies:
Mobile Application Engineer
Salary Data: Based on 87 profiles, the average base salary for mobile application engineers is $89.5K. The average market salary is $106K, which includes $89.5K base salary, $11.9K annual bonus, $9.25K signing bonus and $21.5K annual equity.
Companies and Locations: Top companies looking for mobile application engineers currently include Fiserv and NHN Corporation. Top locations include San Jose, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
Education and Demographics: 55 percent need a bachelor’s degree, 28 percent need a master’s degree, and 2 percent need a doctorate. 50 percent need to know Java and 47 percent must be proficient in Mobile Applications. Men outnumber women 21 to 1.
Mobile application engineer salary per Paysa data
Salary Data: Based on 970 profiles, the average base salary for mobile engineers is $99K. The average market salary is $121K, which includes $99K base salary, $14.9K annual bonus, $10.5K signing bonus and $34.6K annual equity.
Companies and Locations: Top companies looking for mobile engineers currently include Pocket Gems, Yahoo!, and Uber. Top locations include San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Education and Demographics: 55 percent need a bachelor’s degree, 17 percent need a master’s degree, and 1 percent needs a doctorate. 41 percent must be proficient in Java and 35 percent must know Objective-C. Men outnumber women 8 to 1.
Mobile engineer salary per Paysa data.
Senior Mobile Engineer
Salary Data: Based on 330 profiles, the average base salary for senior mobile engineers is $116K. The average market salary is $141K, which includes $116K base salary, $15.4K annual bonus, $11.4K signing bonus and $32.6K annual equity.
Companies and Locations: Top companies hiring senior mobile engineers currently include ArcTouch, Yahoo!, and WalmartLabs. Top locations include San Francisco, New York, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Education and Demographics: 59 percent need a bachelor’s degree, 19 percent need a master’s degree, and 6 percent need a doctorate. 52 percent must be proficient in Java and 39 percent must know Mobile Applications. Men outnumber women 11 to 1.
Senior mobile engineer salary per Paysa data.
Mobile Engineering Lead
Salary Data: Based on 120 profiles, the average base salary for mobile engineering leads is $129K. The average market salary is $174K, which includes $129K base salary, $23.1K annual bonus, $14.7K signing bonus and $73.9K annual equity.
Companies and Locations: Top companies hiring mobile engineering leads include Adobe, Facebook, and Airbnb. Top locations include San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Seattle, and Salt Lake City.
Education and Demographics: 57 percent need a bachelor’s degree, 20 percent need a master’s degree, and 6 percent need a doctorate. 41 percent must be proficient with Java and 37 percent need to know Software Development and Mobile Applications. Men outnumber women 10 to 1.
Mobile engineering lead salary per Paysa data.
Average Time to Promotion for Mobile Engineer Jobs
The time to promotion varies according to both company and job title. However, it is important to note that longevity at your job is not necessarily the determining factor in whether or not you are promoted.
By far, the most important factor is your performance. Displaying excellence in the performance of your job will help you leapfrog over the competition more quickly than simply having seniority within your company or department.
That said, here are some average times to promotion according to job title and company:
- Mobile Engineers: Yahoo! – 23 months; Pocket Gems – 2 years; Uber – 20 months; Google – 2.6 years; Facebook – 2.8 years
- Senior Mobile Engineers: Yahoo! – 2.1 years; WalmartLabs – 2.3 years; Google – 2.8 years; SAP – 3.2 years
- Mobile Engineering Lead: Adobe – 2.3 years; Facebook – 2.2 years; Airbnb – 2 years; Microsoft – 2.2 years
Handling Negotiations for a Promotion
When the time comes for a promotion, there are several Paysa resources to help you negotiate your new job offer or the potential raise involved. Paysa carefully researches current compensation trends and job descriptions across multiple tech companies. Furthermore, Paysa maps the movement of top tech talent across those companies, providing you with the data you need to make wise employment decisions.
By leveraging the tools available to you via the Paysa platform, you can negotiate with confidence because you will understand your true worth in the market. Visit Paysa.com to get your personalized recommendations today!