Highest Priority Among Compensation and Benefits of Developers Worldwide

Proof Point

Majority of developers in Stack Overflow survey prioritize salary and bonuses among all compensation and benefits in 2018

Highest Priority Among Compensation and Benefits of Developers Worldwide

2018 (percentage)

Note: Data from Stack Overflow’s 2018 Developer Survey of 64,918 respondents who chose one option as highest priority

Proof Point Findings

  • Financial Priority – Seven in ten developers surveyed by Stack Overflow identified salary and bonuses as top compensation and benefits priority for 2018
  • Less Prioritized Financial Benefits – Only few respondents placed value on other financial benefits that can have significant potential upside in future, such as stock options or retirement savings
  • Unimportant Fringe Benefits – Incremental benefits, such as fitness or wellness benefit, transportation allowance and meals, not given priority by most respondents
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include intensifying competition for top talent with up-to-date, specialized skills, growing employee preference for office culture that promotes work-life balance, and increasing value for intangible work compensation and benefits (e.g. medical plans, unlimited sick days)

Market Disruption

Business Model and Practices

Business Model
and Practices


Information Technology


Date Last Updated

July 10, 2018

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