25 Highest Paying Programming Languages: Perl, Go & Scala Leads

Stack Overflow recently released their developers Survey. Among the content of this survey is the list of the highest paying programming languages for the year 2022.

Stack Overflow gives a close estimate of actual salary figures for the highest paying programming languages used across the world.

So if you are a software developer looking to switch to another programming language to boost your career graph both knowledge-wise and financially, checking this list will prove helpful.

highest paying programming languages

What’s most fascinating is that Perl, also ranks on the list of top most dreaded languages in 2020, securing the third position on it. But this may also be a reason why learning Perl has the most financial incentives. To compensate for the shortage of Perl developers, companies need to pay more in order to lure developers.

Below is the complete list of the highest-paid programming languages of 2022.

PositionLanguageMedian Salary (Global)
1Perl$76k
2Scala$76k
3Go$74k
4Rust$74k
5Ruby$71k
6Bash/Shell/PowerShell$65k
7Objective-C$64k
8Haskell$60k
9Julia$59k
10Python$59k
11Swift$58k
12C#$57k
13R$57k
14TypeScript$57k
15Kotlin$54k
16SQL$54k
17Assembly$53k
18C++$53k
19JavaScript$53k
20HTML/CSS$52k
21VBA$51k
22C$50k
23Java$50k
24PHP$39k
25Dart$37k

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The most commonly used languages like Java, C, or PHP tend to score much lesser salaries. Once again, demand and supply can be quoted as the biggest factor here.

The above list has been determined on the basis of all the responses collected globally. When looking only at the US, Scala developers tend to have the highest salaries, followed by Go and Objective-C.

You can refer to the US median salary for different programming languages here.

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