Applications Software Developers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for applications software developers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of applications software developers among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Applications Software Developers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$70,800
25th Percentile Wage
$94,160
50th Percentile Wage
$121,210
75th Percentile Wage
$152,780
90th Percentile Wage
$187,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for applications software developers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $187,710. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $121,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $70,800.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of applications software developers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$121,210
2.47% 15.42%
2016
$118,220
-1.29% -
2015
$119,740
3.47% -
2014
$115,590
6.68% -
2013
$107,870
4.96% -
2012
$102,520
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Applications Software Developers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of applications software developers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of applications software developers in state of California ranges from $59,950 to $138,040. The highest paying area for applications software developers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $138,040. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $133,390). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $59,950.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$138,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$133,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$127,210
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$122,080
Napa
$120,980
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$115,350
Vallejo-Fairfield
$115,120
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$112,740
Chico
$111,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$109,960
Bakersfield-Delano
$108,320
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$106,900
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$106,560
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$106,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$102,170
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$101,930
Fresno
$100,570
Visalia-Porterville
$98,560
Salinas
$98,020
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$97,920
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$97,030
Stockton
$91,830
Merced
$84,850
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$83,420
Modesto
$80,370
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$80,040
Redding
$75,820
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$59,950




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