The US has been for a long time the biggest app market in the world, only recently being surpassed by China for number of downloads in 2015. There are currently over 100 million users in the country access the internet with a mobile device, and in 2014 the iOS App Store alone made $10 billion worth of earnings for developers.
The app developer market in the USA is, as a natural consequence also in extremely good health. Estimates say there were about 1.66 million app economy jobs in the US at the end of 2015, up from 750,000 in 2013. From big-name companies to niche and boutique studios, the landscape is rich with choice. This guide will help you guide that landscape, giving you the tools you need to choose the right developer for your app
The guide is divided in the following sections:
- The app developer market in the US
- US app development costs and statistics
- How to choose an app developer in the US
We’ll begin with a quick overview of the app developer market in the USA
The app developer market in the US
As of 2014 there were an estimated 680,00 mobile app developers in the US, and Actonline says 74% of all global development companies are found in the USA.
As you would expect, distribution is heavily skewed towards cities, the main hubs being San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Chicago. However, the sheer number of app developers, and the size of the country, means that despite there being a high number of devs in urban centres, about 82% of developers are actually outside cities. The map below is a representation of the distribution of development companies across the United States.
App development company distribution in Contiguous USA
If you leave in the United States, chances are there’s an app developer near you. Having spoken of the strength of the app economy and where devs can be found, the next question is how much does app development cost?
US app development costs and statistics
App development costs can vary not only from developer to developer, but from platform to platform – as well as naturally rising with the complexity of the app. Prices for developing an iOS mobile app can average around $27,000, with cost decreasing to $23,000 for Android (though this is on the rise as Android gains market leadership) and $18,000 for Windows phone.
Below is a graph representing the range of rates and median average rate one can expect to pay an app developer for iOS and Android apps.
Range of app development costs per hour in US (US Dollars)
Data source: Nine Hertz
The relatively high top end prices, compared to global rates, are because the best developers in the world can be found in the USA, and they bring the mean average up considerably (which is why we’ve chosen to show the median instead). However, the US also has the biggest range of rates, and while we don’t recommend going for the bottom-of-the-barrel rate, there are plenty of talented and award-winning developers at all points on the scale.
Top US App Development Companies:
- App Maisters - Trusted Digital Transformation Partner for Startups, Growing and Enterprise Companies
- Konstant Infosolutions - Top Mobile App Development Company
- Bright Brains Information Technology - Digital Business Aspiration
- VERVE LOGIC - Turning Vision Into Success Stories
- eleks - Your Technology Partner for Software Innovation and Market-leading Solutions
- Emizen Tech - Mobile app Development Company
- Orangesoft - We build mobile & web apps that people love
- The NineHertz - Smart & Robust Mobile App Development
- Rantmedia - Think. Make. Innovate.
- Cleveroad - Proven Mobile App Development Partner! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- VironIT - custom software development company
- Sonin - A Decade of Award-Winning Apps
- Intuz - Consulting Beyond Technology
- OpenXcell - Build your own offshore software development team
- Intellectsoft - Engineering Your Vision
- SEM Nexus - Startup App Experts
- Light IT - Reliable technical partner for more than 500 companies since 2006
- NMG Technologies - US BASED AWARD WINNING Mobile App, WEB & ECOM
- HQSoftware - Value-driven Digital Transformation. IoT, AI, AR, VR, and end-to-end custom software development
- Netsells - Building Something Better
- hedgehog lab - We help global brands solve their problems with digital products on mobile, web and connected platforms.
- 360 Degree Technosoft - Mobile App Development Company You Can Rely On
How to choose an app developer in the US
There’s two major sections this divides into: research you can do on your own, and the interview phase with the app developer, where you’ll explore their skills and expertise while they try to understand your business and your app. The research you can do at home is as follows:
- Review their portfolio: not only to see how many apps they’ve made and how successful they’ve been, but also to see which industries they’ve worked for. A niche social network app has vastly different characteristics and challenges to a mobile enterprise app for industry. Experience in your specific field of business is just as important as development skills.
- Recommendations: ask others in your industry who have launched successful apps to recommend a developer, or find out who made the most successful apps if there’s an industry benchmark.
List of mobile app development companies in the USA
The NineHertz is one of the leading mobile app development companies globally that offers top-notch business solutions. Since 2008, we have developed more than 1000 mobile apps for both iOS and Android platforms for businesses, startups, enterprises across all industries.
We have expertise in various technology domains including mobile app and web development, emerging technologies (IoT, AR/VR, Big Data, iBeacon, and PWA), Salesforce, Talend Data Integration, Digital Marketing, Industrial Solutions, and e-Commerce Services.
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- We have successfully 450+ clients in over 15+ countries
- We are NASSCOM member and Microsoft certified professional
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HQSoftware is a business software development company with a pool of 90+ experts focused on Java, .NET, PHP, Node.js and with offices in Europe and USA. Quick facts founded in 2001 300 happy customers 450 successful projects 25 countries trusted by Inc.Learn more about HQSoftware
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