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 amongst 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$70,640
25th Percentile Wage
$92,350
50th Percentile Wage
$118,220
75th Percentile Wage
$147,500
90th Percentile Wage
$172,840

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 $172,840. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $118,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $70,640.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33.96
25th Percentile Wage
$44.40
50th Percentile Wage
$56.84
75th Percentile Wage
$70.92
90th Percentile Wage
$83.10

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for applications software developers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $83.10. The median hourly salary is $56.84. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33.96.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of applications software developers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016118,220-1.29%13.28%
2015119,7403.47%-
2014115,5906.68%-
2013107,8704.96%-
2012102,520--

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 $70,720 to $129,540. The highest paying area for applications software developers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $129,540. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $127,240). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $70,720.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$129,540
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$127,240
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$123,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$122,230
Vallejo-Fairfield
$116,700
Fresno
$111,740
Bakersfield-Delano
$111,510
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$111,490
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$107,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$107,240
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$106,570
Napa
$104,890
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$103,670
Chico
$102,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$102,170
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$101,930
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$101,890
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$98,810
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$96,420
Salinas
$91,950
Modesto
$88,070
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$80,040
Stockton
$79,760
Visalia-Porterville
$79,590
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$78,140
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$70,720


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