Do you think open source programmer is paid more?

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First of all, lets us know what open source is?

Open-source code is meant to be a collaborative effort, where programmers improve upon the source code and share the changes within the community.

Important Questions to Explore

  1. What is the percentage of open-source programmers?
  2. What is the compensation paid distribution?
  3. What qualities or practices are helping opensource programmers?


To explore programmers characteristics. I used the Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results 2019

  1. Let us find how many programmers contribute to open source software?

Hmm, there are about 35.57 Per cent Open source contributors.

2. Let’s look at salary distributions of programmers

Awesome. It seems that opensource programmer is paid on average $7465 more than Non-open source programmer.

Let us dig the data to find out the practises used by programmers. From the data, I found out Code reviews and Unit testing features in the data set.

Code Reviews

Code review is a software quality assurance activity in which one or several people check a program mainly by viewing and reading parts of its source code.

Code reviews usually help in better code quality, knowledge transfer.

From the data, It seems like Opensource contributor spends 50 mins more in code reviewing than a Non-Opensource contributor.

Lets us see their opinions and compensation

The programmer who sees the value in code reviews are receiving better pay.

Unit Testing:

unit testing is a software testing method by which individual units of source code is tested to determine whether they are fit for use.

Now, let’s explore unit testing practices.

It seems like programmers who do unit testing and consider it as a part of process receive better compensations.


From the above analysis, it is evident that open source contributors developer are paid better and the programmer who sees the value in code reviews and unit testing are better paid.