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 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 Systems Software Developers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$78,690
25th Percentile Wage
$98,850
50th Percentile Wage
$125,810
75th Percentile Wage
$157,010
90th Percentile Wage
$189,610

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 $189,610. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $125,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $78,690.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37.83
25th Percentile Wage
$47.52
50th Percentile Wage
$60.48
75th Percentile Wage
$75.48
90th Percentile Wage
$91.16

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for systems software developers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $91.16. The median hourly salary is $60.48. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37.83.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016125,8101.32%9.59%
2015124,1503.00%-
2014120,4302.81%-
2013117,0402.81%-
2012113,750--

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 $88,890 to $143,770. The highest paying area for systems software developers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $143,770. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $134,350). The lowest paying area is Modesto with a median annual salary of $88,890.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$143,770
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$134,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$132,430
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$129,640
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$124,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$118,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$117,090
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$115,730
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$114,660
Bakersfield-Delano
$113,600
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$111,260
Vallejo-Fairfield
$110,560
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$110,370
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$109,730
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$106,780
Fresno
$104,090
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$103,950
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$103,320
Salinas
$102,210
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$93,820
Stockton
$92,260
Modesto
$88,890


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