Senior Graphics Programmer

Job Locations US-MD-Rockville | US-TX-Austin | US-TX-Dallas
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


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Come join Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning development team behind StarfieldThe Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Bethesda Game Studios strives to offer its employees a well-balanced home and work life by providing competitive salaries, a generous benefits program, and offices located in some of North America’s best cities.


With a goal of creating a culture as fun and diverse as our games and our players, we welcome applicants with unique skillsets, experience levels and backgrounds. If you are passionate about making a meaningful contribution to some of the most significant games in the industry we’d love to hear from you!


Your Daily Life at Bethesda Game Studios


As Senior Graphics Programmer, you will…

  • Write clear, maintainable, highly functional code and portable C++ code
  • Understand entire graphics engine architecture, from game interface to graphics API interface
  • Write and maintain custom shaders across a range of hardware
  • Test and document code you write
  • Support and maintains existing systems
  • Work well with other engineers, artists and designers
  • Accurately estimate your schedules and deliver high quality work products to that schedule
  • Provide technical expertise to develop cutting-edge technologies to include: architecture, design, prototype, implement, test, debug, document, profile, maintain, and support
  • Review code from other team members


What Makes You S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

  • You have at least 5 years C++ development and graphics programming experience in gaming industry
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or equivalent experience
  • You have experience in design and implementation of cutting-edge graphics techniques and detailed knowledge of graphics hardware
  • You have experience with DirectX 11 level shaders and HLSL
  • You are an expert in building multithreaded, real-time systems
  • You have experience writing systems balancing performance and maintainability
  • You possess excellent analytical and mathematical skills
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and problem solving ability
  • You have experience profiling and optimizing both CPU and GPU utilization
  • You have experience with game editor plugins/modification
  • You possess the ability to contribute innovative and original ideas towards all aspects of game production and development
  • You can work well under pressure and handle multiple tasks
  • You have a passion for making GREAT games
  • You have a strong familiarity with Bethesda Game Studios games

Preferred Skills

Bonus Skills

  • You have experience with Max plugins
  • You have development experience on current gen game consoles

Salary Range

Senior Graphics Programmer - The typical base pay range for this position at the start of employment is expected to be between $100,000 - $215,000 per year.


ZeniMax has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role; the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.


At ZeniMax certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, such as merit increases and discretionary bonuses. These awards are allocated based on individual performance and are not guaranteed. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with ZeniMax and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, wellbeing benefits, paid vacation time, paid sick and mental health time, and several paid holidays, among others.

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