If you’re a code monkey trying to earn a living making mobile apps, logic dictates you’d be better served making apps for either Android or iOS rather than the other, lesser known operating systems, right?
Well, not exactly. According to InMobi’s State of Mobile App Developers 2016 report, developers for the now niche Windows mobile OS (that includes Windows 8.1 and Windows 10) took in twice what a typical Android coder does. While the gap isn’t as wide compared to people who simply made iOS apps, it is still quite significant, with Windows Phone devs bringing home 50% more compared to the iOS dev.
Why the disparity? Well, it seems that the niche nature of the mobile OS of Microsoft is a blessing, at least for devs. Since it’s less known, competition is less fierce, and as a result, apps made for Windows Phone are easier to find and discover compared to the competition.
As a result, the typical Windows Phone developer grosses, on average, $11,400 per month, compared to $4900 for Android and $8100 for iOS.