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.
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 a renowned name in the IT industry, known as smart and robust. We have been active since 2008, and have delivered over 1000 applications for iOS and Android successfully. 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.Learn more about The NineHertz
Zymr – Based in California, US with two offices in India, Zymr Inc. specializes in cloud-based solutions for Enterprise mobility and apps. Their expertise and reputation have led them to work with communications giants Cisco and Vodafone. Zymr is more than 7 years on the market and through these year it has managed to complete more than 70 app development projects.
- Platforms: Android, HTML5, iOS, Mobile Web
- Sector Focus: HealthTech, FinTech, and RetailTech
- US Office: San Jose, US, Pune, India, Ahmedabad, India
Tapptitude is a product studio that partners with funded startups and established brands to build interactive, mobile-first products that people love to use.
Tapptitude supports clients proactively throughout the journey from idea to launching a product and scaling it up. Startups and brands work with Tapptitude to define their product, design their prototype, develop their MVP and scale a successful product.
- Platforms: iOS, Android
- Sector Focus: IoT, Media, Retail, Productivity, On-Demand Delivery, Retail, Real Estate, Automative, FinTech,
- Offices: London, UK, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
NIX is a team of 2000+ specialists all over the globe delivering software solutions since 1994. They offer a full spectrum of services ranging from web and mobile application development to complex enterprise solutions.
NIX team consists of highly-skilled, creatively brave and experienced professionals who are ready to solve complex technical challenges. They always strive to create the best solutions and exceed our customer’s expectations. And put their expertise and skills at the service of client business to pave their way to the industry leadership.
- Platforms: Android, HTML5, iOS, Mobile Web
- Sector Focus: Gaming, E-commerce, E-learning, Telemedicine, On-demand delivery, Rent, Medicine,
- Offices: Saint Petersburg, Florida, US