State of Developer Wellness report 2024

In 2023, we ran our first ever Developer Wellness survey with the aim of better understanding developers, levels of their well-being and happiness. Last year’s report sparked crucial conversations about well-being in the developer community, shedding light on the challenges developers were facing in their careers.

This year, we return with an even larger survey (nearly 1,000 developers from 86 countries!) to dive deeper. The survey was live for fifteen days during March 2024. More than half of the developers who participated were aged between 18 and 44 years old but we also had 10 developers younger than 18 and 7% were above 55 years old. 

83% of developers reported feeling burnout at some point in their careers

Burnout, characterised by exhaustion, energy depletion, increased distance from your job and reduced efficiency, is a significant concern in the developer world. The demanding nature of the work, coupled with factors like tight deadlines, constant learning curves, and potential isolation, can contribute to this state.

However, despite the concerning figure, many developers have started focusing on their well-being now more than ever. More than half of the developers have access to wellness tech through their employers in 2024 – fitness trackers, mindfulness apps, etc. – and more developers have started prioritising their physical and mental health amidst the stiff competition and uncertainty surrounding the tech industry. 

We found that 34% of developers exercise once or twice per week while 40% exercise at least 3 times per week! More than half of developers also manage to kick in 6-7 hours of sleep every night, although there is definitely some room for improvement.

In 2024, 84% of developers had to work overtime at least occasionally

Overtime is a common experience for many developers, although the frequency varies. While more than half (53%) find it acceptable, 39% express dissatisfaction without deeming it a deal-breaker, and 8% consider it overwhelming. 

This distribution suggests a spectrum of attitudes towards work-life balance among developers. It underscores the importance for companies to foster environments that prioritise employee well-being while acknowledging the demands of the tech industry.

But what are the tips/strategies that could help you improve your well-being and start waking up full of energy? How can you set clear boundaries at work?

We got you! You’ll find your well-being toolkit in our Wellness report. On top of that, you’ll also discover:

  • Workplace Perceptions: the workplace setup, employer support, sense of purpose
  • From Burnout to Balance: Are you on the struggle bus? Learn how developers are conquering burnout and achieving work-life harmony. ‍
  • Beyond the Code: work-life balance, recharging & well-being
  • Developer Wellness Champions: Unveiling the secrets to developer well-being, straight from our Developer Nation community members!

and more!

Ready to join a thriving developer community that prioritises well-being?

Download the report today, share it with your network, and let’s build a culture of wellness that promotes the mental, physical and emotional well-being of the developer industry! 


State of Developer Wellness report: 83% of developers report feeling burnout at least occasionally

Listening to developers feedback in recent years, it became clear that our community members face anxiety, burnout and are trying to find ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. 

We wanted to learn more about their experiences and with this week being Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (15th – 21st May) it seems fitting to announce the launch of our State of Developer Wellness report. The report provides insights from our Developer Nation community including workplace experiences, burnout, mental wellbeing, happiness and lifestyles.

We hope that report will raise awareness around the importance of work well-being for developers and creators, and encourage more discussions within developer communities.

Our State of Developer Wellness Survey reached 870 respondents from 91 countries around the world. 

The report covers:

Distribution of Developers based on their Workplace Setup 

Remote work, how it affects their mental wellbeing, do developers feel their employers care about their wellbeing

Developer burnout

How often developers have felt burnout in the last three months, how they decompress and relieve stress, are they successfully managing their workplace stress?

Developer Happiness and Health Lifestyles

We encourage everyone to read the report and share it with your colleagues and peers. Let’s build on a culture of wellness that promotes the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of the developer industry! 


Let’s Talk About Developer Wellness

Twice per year we run our global surveys with developers like you including professional developers, hobbyists, students, no-code software creators and as always we invite you to leave feedback, which we love to read!

For a long time we have been focusing on developer research aiming to shape the developer ecosystem, and improve the tools and platforms you are using everyday.  Listening to your feedback, we realised that there are a lot of you out there facing anxiety, feeling burned out and trying to find ways to improve your overall health and wellbeing. 

You asked, we listened! The State of Developer Wellness Survey is our first 5-min survey dedicated to your wellbeing.

For each completed response, we’ll be donating $1 USD with an aim to donate up to $1,000 to the Turkey / Syria Earthquake Appeal. What’s more, we’ll be running a prize draw for swag and sharing our inaugural State of Developer Wellness Report in Q2 with you. 

We are confident that the report will help raise awareness around the importance of work well-being for software developers. It is also expected to contribute to our understanding of the Developer Nation community and the challenges that our members are facing so that we can better support them with our content and community offerings.

If you’ve taken the survey and want to be notified when the report is published, sign up here. If you’ve not yet taken the survey, you can participate now!