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Is there a good chance for me to make a lot of money if I get a job as a 3D Game Programmer? And how much do you earn?

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For some reason I doubt you will get many answers to this "How much do you earn" is on the all time great list of "questions you don''t answer"

However, as regards opportunitites to earn alot, well, I would say that''s like any business. You have a number of options, such as:

Work for some large established company.
Work for a small start-out company.
Start for yourself. (i.e. either go Indie developer, or start your own entire company).

All of those have the potential to pay big - it all depends on whether the products make it or not.

Also, it''s possible to get into things like special effects for movies, one-off rendering projects (like full-3D animated advertisements) etc etc etc.

It''s really down to what opportunities you see, which ones you take, and how they go.

Not alot of help, I know, but it''s not really a black and white subject.

RM.

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Game programmers are like rockstars, they can earn mindboggling amounts of money, but most of them are stone broke.

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Do a search on Google on Salary Surveys for software engineers. See how much they make. New game programmers make less than that from what I understand, but it''s also relative to the cost of living in the area in which you live. The median salary for a level 5 software engineer with 8-10 years exp in Washington DC is around $99,000 a year with a high-end around $108,000. How many game programmers make that kind of money? Some do, but NOT MANY. Most are well below that, probably around the $40-$50K a year. So it''s possible to make a living, but very unlikely that you''re going to get rich. Games only make as much money as they sell. It''s not that same as working for a company that has a contract for a Big project for a set dollar amount guaranteed at the end of the project.

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Right now i''m reading math, a lot of math in my free time and programming, and I plan to go to College, then move to California or Florida and start out as an software-engineer for a bigger company.
But I don''t want all this work, if I don''t have a litle chance for making a lot of money, so I can drive in a big car, have a big house and so on. Is there a chance for this goal, if i''m very good at math and programming?

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If you''re comming to a game company and say like: "I''m skilld in math and programming" the will give you a job as a cleaner or a minor programmer if you aren''t John Carmack or can show them a great college degree in Programming/Physics/AI or something. But, hey, why go to California? We have a cool University here wich gives you Lead Programmer skills. You might need around 3 yrs of college studies just to have a chanse to enter it, but when your done with it, you will be able to work with the best as the best. (And the best thing, it''s not far from Denmark!)

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Original post by dcgeek
But I don''t want all this work, if I don''t have a litle chance for making a lot of money, so I can drive in a big car, have a big house and so on. Is there a chance for this goal, if i''m very good at math and programming?


You might as well forget game programming with that kind of goal and attitude. Game programmers are game programmers because they love games, not because they want money.

That said, check here - Game Developer''s Salary Survey

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Original post by Machaira
You might as well forget game programming with that kind of goal and attitude.

You beat me to it! People who go into programming with the aim of making as much money as they can inevitably end up as dreadful programmers, and very probably dreadful people.

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Original post by SabreMan
You beat me to it! People who go into programming with the aim of making as much money as they can inevitably end up as dreadful programmers, and very probably dreadful people.


Well at least they generate work for the rest of us doing expensive "maintence" (read: completely redoing some poorly engineered, my-first-application implemented system)

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