Systems Software Developers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for systems software developers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of systems software developers among California cities 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 Systems Software Developers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$75,860
25th Percentile Wage
$95,420
50th Percentile Wage
$124,190
75th Percentile Wage
$155,640
90th Percentile Wage
$186,920

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for systems 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 $186,920. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $124,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $75,860.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$124,190
-1.30% 8.41%
2016
$125,810
1.32% -
2015
$124,150
3.00% -
2014
$120,430
2.81% -
2013
$117,040
2.81% -
2012
$113,750
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of systems software developers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of systems software developers in state of California ranges from $79,160 to $139,960. The highest paying area for systems software developers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $139,960. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $136,150). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $79,160.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$139,960
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$136,150
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$134,000
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$129,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$122,180
Merced
$118,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$117,090
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$116,840
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$115,220
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$114,660
Vallejo-Fairfield
$110,310
Chico
$110,020
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$109,730
Stockton
$108,730
Bakersfield-Delano
$104,890
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$103,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$102,940
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$102,310
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$101,820
Napa
$101,360
Salinas
$97,630
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$93,220
Modesto
$87,640
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$79,890
Fresno
$79,570
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$79,160




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