Augmented Reality Developers


Augmented Reality Developers


Augmented reality (AR) technology uses imaginary digital elements (and in some case auditory and tactile elements) to “augment” a user’s visual perception of a real environment. It is typically superimposed over an existing environment, and, unlike the related field of virtual reality (VR) technology, users can interact with the AR images. Examples include Pokémon Go, Snapchat Lenses, and Google Glass. Augmented reality developers use their knowledge of software development, programming, computer hardware, and user experience and de...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Experience as a tester or in other entry-level position





Personality Traits


Earnings, a Web site that uses machine learning to collect salary information, reports that augmented reality developers earned average salaries of $68,573 in 2019. Earnings ranged from $58,763 to $86,797. Additionally, reports that AR engineers received salaries that ranged from $117,752 to more than $268,966 in 2018. These salary numbers included base salary, bonuses, and stock opt...

Work Environment

Augmented reality developers work in well-lit, modern offices, laboratories, and testing facilities that have cutting-edge technology. They work a standard 9:00-to-5:00 workweek, although they may have to work at night and on weekends when a project is on deadline. This can be stressful and tiring. AR developers spend a considerable amount of time working at computers (which can cause eyestrain...


Job opportunities for augmented reality developers are expected to be strong during the next decade. The staffing firm Robert Half Technology included AR (as well as virtual and mixed reality) and several programming tools and languages used in these fields, on its recent list of “In-Demand Technical Skills and Expertise.”

Augmented reality technology is becoming more popular with the pu...