Mobile app developers in Maryland and the DC area will find they are situated in one of the hottest markets in the nation. The greater DC metro area alone employs the fourth-largest number of app developers in the United States, while the Saint Mary’s non-metro area in Maryland is also the fourth-largest employer of app developers of all rural areas in the country. As a state, Maryland offers the fourth-highest average salary for app developers in the nation, which was calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be $108,300 per year in 2014. The average annual app developer salary in DC was calculated at a competitive $99,990 – well above the national average.
If past growth is any indication of future app developer success, then the projections made by DC and Maryland researchers may even be underestimates. When the iPhone 4 was launched in 2010 there were:
- 2,530 app developers working in DC; the DC Department of Employment Services projects that between 2012 and 2022 app developer jobs will grow by 33 percent
- 12,170 app developers working Maryland; the state’s Office of Workforce Information and Performance projects that between 2012 and 2022 app developer jobs will grow by 11 percent
The wireless industry trade group CTIA estimates that the app industry in DC and Maryland together generates more than $436 million in revenue every year. This significant economic impact is a result of an accommodating infrastructure that has been developed over a number of years.
In 2009 there were 255,000 residential internet connections in DC and 2.04 million in Maryland. By the beginning of 2014 those numbers had risen to 692,000 in DC and 4.85 million in Maryland. In addition to expanding internet connections, wireless networks have also improved to accommodate larger amounts of data.
A 2015 report released by the FCC found that 73.4 percent of DC residents accessed the internet via a broadband connection, as did 78.9 percent of Maryland residents. When it comes to choice, all DC residents have access to broadband network speeds of at least 10 Mbps, which holds true for 98.99 percent of Maryland residents. This leads DC to rank first in the nation for 10 Mbps speed, followed by Maryland’s 7th-place ranking.
Because of this conducive environment, today the FCC estimates that Washington DC has the highest concentration of smartphones per population in the nation, with more than 1.06 million mobile wireless devices in circulation. Maryland is estimated to have 3.78 million smartphones and other mobile wireless devices in circulation.