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Old May 2, 2009, 03:39 PM   #1
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Question how much does an app developer make like an average per month??

im new to this forums,and i just wanted to know how do app developers make a month,because i really wanna study and make an app myself one day,so i just wanted to kno...even if this question is in the wrong forum sorryy im new to this...so anyways what u guys think...does anyone know??
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Old May 2, 2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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its so dependent on the app that its impossible to even say

averages wont mean diddly
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Old May 2, 2009, 03:43 PM   #3
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Some people make none, some people make thousands. I know a person who makes around $100US a month, so he only gets paid out ever 2-3 months. But he's got a fulltime job and this is just a hobby, so it's spare money.
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Old May 2, 2009, 03:47 PM   #4
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but i also heard that the developer that made iFart make $40,000 in 2 days....can u believe it!!!
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but i also heard that the developer that made iFart make $40,000 in 2 days....can u believe it!!!
No. I truly can't believe how blasphemously stupid people are.
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Old May 2, 2009, 04:02 PM   #6
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And of course, it depends on if Apple gets around to paying you...

Developers threaten to sue Apple over non-payments

(Although it seems to mostly be people with direct deposit setup problems.)
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Old May 2, 2009, 04:22 PM   #7
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im new to this forums,and i just wanted to know how do app developers make a month,because i really wanna study and make an app myself one day,so i just wanted to kno...even if this question is in the wrong forum sorryy im new to this...so anyways what u guys think...does anyone know??
Hopefully you dont develop a crappy app, those dont make any money and then they usually get pirated and then deleted.
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Old May 2, 2009, 04:24 PM   #8
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this is the link to it if u dont believe me,i ddnt make it up


http://www.edibleapple.com/ifart-dev...000-in-2-days/
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Old May 2, 2009, 04:25 PM   #9
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but i also heard that the developer that made iFart make $40,000 in 2 days....can u believe it!!!
I can believe it, unfortunately. But just because one developer makes a butt-load of money rather quickly, doesn't mean you will. These cases are very rare occurrences in a world of less-spectacular revenues.
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Old May 2, 2009, 04:31 PM   #10
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oh ikno that,i kno im not gonna make $40k in 2 days not even a month i already kno that but i wanted to kno if the average is like around $10000 or so,but it looks like its not,because most of the apps are already made in the app store there are no good ideas left loll...
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The company I have been working with is making about 400 a day.
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The company I have been working with is making about 400 a day.
thats not bad at all
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Old May 2, 2009, 05:05 PM   #13
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You'd be hard pressed to make a living purely on developing apps alone.
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Old May 2, 2009, 05:14 PM   #14
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ur absolutly right,but if u make a very popular app in the appstore that everyone will love and talk about like parking lot,text free,iFart etc... than that would inspire u to make more apps cuz u made alot of $$$,so there is a little chance but mostly that shouldn't be ur major job...
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One of the devs of Pocket God is a member here. I'm sure they've made quite a lot. Like you said it depends on the popularity of your app.
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No. I truly can't believe how blasphemously stupid people are.
Agreed, who the hell pays $0.99 to hear some fart... honestly, want to hear one? bend over and make your gut push a bit.
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Agreed, who the hell pays $0.99 to hear some fart... honestly, want to hear one? bend over and make your gut push a bit.
Pay me .99 cents and ill fart and you'll get the smell for free.
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The reported range is from less than $100 a month to well over $10k per day. My wild guess is that the median is nearer the lower end. But there must be a small percentage of really big winners.
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Pay me .99 cents and ill fart and you'll get the smell for free.
Nah ty, I prefer my own, smell of "Mornin' breeze arsehole parfum"
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Let's try a little math.

If all 33000 paid apps were exactly equal in popularity and revenue, and the App store is a billion dollar per annum business, as some analysts estimate, then each app would be bringing in around 70% * $1B / 33k = $21,212 per year.

That would be the mean average, as opposed to the median. However something like the power law and 80/20 rule probably allocates most of that revenue to apps that are in the top 100 lists. So if the top 700 or so apps made a million dollars each, and the other 32k apps made $1, then the median average would be $1.

So, your average is somewhere between $1 and $21k. The geometric mean of those two numbers would be somewhere around $1000 per annum.

How much is your time worth? (e.g. how many hours would it take you to earn $1k at a second job?)

YMMV.
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i was actually thinking of making this my major job but now i hear this from u guys soo....idont think so
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Old May 3, 2009, 04:10 PM   #22
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The app store is unpredictable.

I've made anywhere from 20 a day to over 500+ on some apps.

If you sit down and actually take the time to make a decent app then there is no reason why you wouldn't make a lot of money.
But a lot of developers just clutter the app store with quick apps, and they don't make too much money (although some do through lucky circumstances).

If you take the time to write a good app, then you will be rewarded.
If you haven't got any coding experience and just expect to make some quick money then it probably wont work out too well...

The money varies day by day, so you cannot depend on the income of the app store to keep it as a full time job.
If you do decide you want to put hours of hard work into making apps, then good luck, but its not as easy as it seems. Prepare to spend months and months of reading though books, and trying to learn programming concepts that will make you scratch your head until it bleeds!

But if that doesn't put you off, then give it ago. But don't expect to make games like Super Monkey Ball etc... you will need a team of people for that.

Its a lot of hard work, and usually the top games in the app store are written by teams of developers. Its like the lottery in a way, you hear of people making hundreds of thousands, but thats usually 2% of the 50,000 developers in there.

Sorry this post sounds discouraging,
but if you've read through this and your still willing to give it ago, then I wish you good luck

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The app store is unpredictable.

I've made anywhere from 20 a day to over 500+ on some apps.

If you sit down and actually take the time to make a decent app then there is no reason why you wouldn't make a lot of money.
But a lot of developers just clutter the app store with quick apps, and they don't make too much money (although some do through lucky circumstances).

If you take the time to write a good app, then you will be rewarded.
If you haven't got any coding experience and just expect to make some quick money then it probably wont work out too well...

The money varies day by day, so you cannot depend on the income of the app store to keep it as a full time job.
If you do decide you want to put hours of hard work into making apps, then good luck, but its not as easy as it seems. Prepare to spend months and months of reading though books, and trying to learn programming concepts that will make you scratch your head until it bleeds!

But if that doesn't put you off, then give it ago. But don't expect to make games like Super Monkey Ball etc... you will need a team of people for that.

Its a lot of hard work, and usually the top games in the app store are written by teams of developers. Its like the lottery in a way, you hear of people making hundreds of thousands, but thats usually 2% of the 50,000 developers in there.

Sorry this post sounds discouraging,
but if you've read through this and your still willing to give it ago, then I wish you good luck
thank you man whatever you said was %100 true..
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Old May 3, 2009, 08:03 PM   #24
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I joined the app development program about a week ago. So, at $99 bucks to join, and an income so far of $0, that works out to an average of $0.

Thanks for asking!
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