Highest Paying Jobs in the Video Game Industry

Highest Paying Jobs in the Video Game Industry

Aug 04, 2021

Career Options for High-Paying Video Game Industry Jobs

The video game industry generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. A lot of people work in this industry, although some career options are not high-paying options. For example, individuals who work in retail sales may need to play video games and test out gaming systems in order to help customers determine what they should buy, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in 2020, retail sales workers earned a median annual salary of around $27,000. This article will focus on career options in the video game industry that pay salaries of $47,000 per year or more.

Job Title Median Salary* (2020) Growth* (2019-2029)
Software Developer $110,140 22%
Special Effects Artist and Animator $77,700 4%
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians $47,420 9%
Market Research Analysts $65,810 18%
Writers and Authors $67,120 -2%
Translators $52,330 (for interpreters and translators) 20% (for interpreters and translators)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for High-Paying Video Game Industry Jobs

Software Developer

Software developers can take advantage of a bachelor's degree in computer science and the ability to write computer programs to pursue a career in the video game industry. They can be involved with tasks such as designing an operating system for a gaming system and helping ensure that it will perform as intended. They may also contribute to the process of writing codes for video games by providing direction to programmers working on the projects.

Multimedia Artist and Animator

Since video games involve visual content, multimedia artists and animators can find work in this field that involves creating the visual content used in the video games. They must have a bachelor's degree and usually concentrate their studies on computer graphics or something comparable to prepare to work as multimedia artists and animators. Once employed, they use their creative talents to make models or sketch characters or settings. They ultimately produce their designs on computers.

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Video games use compelling video images, and they also use a lot of sound effects. Broadcast and sound engineering technicians, who typically need to have a certificate or associate's degree in their field, may choose to work for video game companies and help produce the sound effects that will be incorporated into video games. These professionals may perform tasks such as recording sounds, using effects to modify recordings or reproducing recordings that will be incorporated into video games.

Market Research Analysts

Market research analysts who work for video game industries can help them determine the best time to release a new gaming system or a new video game or accessory. They also help video game companies determine how much consumers will pay for the items they're selling, and their work can help video game companies decide whether to proceed with the development of new items or whether to delay them based on expected sales. A bachelor's or master's degree in marketing can prepare individuals to become market research analysts.

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors normally have a bachelor's degree in a subject such as English; those who work with the video game industry may also need to be familiar with different video game platforms. They may write articles or reports about video game systems or specific video games. Writers may also work for video game companies and write story content for the video games that are being produced. For example, a role-playing game will often need a writer to create an extensive backstory, as well as dialogue for the characters.


Translators are usually expected to have a bachelor's degree, and they must be fluent in two or more languages. Their job involves taking content written in one language and then writing it in another language while maintaining the tone and style of the original content. Translators who work for video game companies may work with game or gaming system manuals and other written content and reproduce them in another language. They will also translate in-game text as needed.

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