Despite the full-scale war, salaries of Ukrainian developers continued to grow in the first half of 2022. This is stated in a new study of DOU , which collected 15,136 questionnaires from IT professionals, of which 7,558 questionnaires were from developers of all levels.

Despite the war, salaries of Ukrainian developers increased in the first half of 2022 - DOU study

According to the results of the study, in the first half of 2022, the salaries of Ukrainian developers increased: the median in June was $3,400 against $3,300 in December 2021. Salaries of experienced specialists (Senior level and above) increased more actively. About 1% of Ukrainian developers receive salaries above $10,000 per month, and 4% receive salaries above $7,500.

Only 4% of respondents lost their jobs due to the start of the war, while some of them have already found a new job place, and only 2% of developers are currently searching. Interns were the most likely to lose their jobs – 22%, 18% are currently looking for a new position, and another 20% have had their work/projects reduced.

Because of the war, 38% of developers had to move: 28% now live in another city or region in Ukraine, and 10% moved abroad. Another 23% moved, but have already returned home.

25% of developers currently live in Kyiv and the Kyiv region (before the war – 42%). Lviv and the region are on the 2nd place – 20% of developers are here compared to 14% half a year ago. The third place is shared by Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia regions: about 5% live in each. About 2% of developers remain in Kharkiv and the region (13% before the war). The share of Odesa and the region has also somewhat fallen: now 3% of developers live here, and before the war – 5%.

1% of respondents joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but the actual proportion may be higher, as it may be difficult or impossible for this group to participate in surveys.

Despite the war, salaries of Ukrainian developers increased in the first half of 2022 - DOU study

Programming languages ​​haven’t seen much change over the past six months: JavaScript remains the most popular language (22% of developers say it’s their primary language), followed by C#/.NET and Java (each primary for 15% of developers). The share of those for whom TypeScript is the primary language has increased slightly (from 11% half a year ago to 13% now), and PHP has fallen (from 11% to 9%).

Architect-level salaries increased the most, from $6,200 to $6,600 per month. Team/Tech Lead and Senior median salaries increased by $200 (to $5,200 and $4,700, respectively).

Despite the war, salaries of Ukrainian developers increased in the first half of 2022 - DOU study

The salaries of less experienced specialists also increased: Middle by $200, to $2600, Junior and Intern – by $50 (to $950 and $450, respectively).

The highest median salaries remain for Scala and Go developers ($5,700 and $5,000, respectively). These languages ​​are used mainly by experienced specialists (74% of Scala developers and 60% of Go developers have the title Senior and above). The median salaries for seniors and middles who write in these languages ​​are higher than the average.

Also slightly higher than average are the salaries of developers who chose Kotlin ($4,000), Ruby ($4,000), Java ($3,950), and Swift ($3,800) at all levels – from Junior to Senior.

1C specialists traditionally receive the least ($1,725). Below average is the salary for those writing in PHP ($3100) and SQL ($2925). As are the median salaries of Dart ($3,100), JS ($3,000), C ($3,000), and Salesforce Apex ($2,500), but only because of fewer experienced professionals using them.