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Highest Paying Industries for Computer Occupations

The top 100 highest paying industries for computer occupations (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $107,960, computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing is the highest paying industry for computer occupations. It is followed by aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry (average annual salary $106,750). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of computer occupations in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Computer Occupations

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$107,960
49,430
2 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$106,750
39,580
3 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$102,380
250
4 Other Information Services
$102,260
62,080
5 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$101,850
30,000
6 Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$101,320
30
7 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$101,020
48,310
8 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$100,860
130,590
9 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$99,350
640
10 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$98,710
23,880
11 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$97,730
54,390
12 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$97,410
42,250
13 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$97,210
65,140
14 Software Publishers
$96,380
161,170
15 Scientific Research and Development Services
$96,250
69,060
16 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$94,550
810
17 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$93,760
3,540
18 Support Activities for Mining
$93,760
3,290
19 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$93,320
181,480
20 Oil and Gas Extraction
$93,120
8,170
21 Other Financial Investment Activities
$92,840
23,750
22 Natural Gas Distribution
$92,700
4,700
23 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$92,460
12,590
24 Mining
$91,880
11,940
25 Manufacturing
$90,950
269,550
26 Federal government, including USPS
$90,910
83,570
27 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$90,910
81,960
28 Rail Transportation
$90,020
3,110
29 Other Pipeline Transportation
$89,740
170
30 Satellite Telecommunications
$88,970
1,060
31 Pipeline Transportation
$88,780
1,160
32 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$88,710
950
33 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$87,730
1,770
34 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$87,540
29,970
35 Engineering Services
$87,480
60,260
36 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$87,370
8,580
37 Travel Agencies
$86,900
n/a
38 Information
$86,680
492,280
39 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$86,490
16,880
40 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$86,170
68,100
41 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$86,140
800
42 Utilities
$86,100
16,280
43 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$85,900
4,630
44 Tobacco Manufacturing
$85,190
180
45 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$85,130
1,490
46 Finance and Insurance
$84,790
305,530
47 Scheduled Air Transportation
$84,690
5,370
48 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$84,330
800
49 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$84,240
1,060
50 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$84,140
20,310
51 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$84,110
16,430
52 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$84,010
11,230
53 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$83,900
113,500
54 Air Transportation
$83,870
5,600
55 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$83,560
2,940
56 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$83,400
550
57 Testing Laboratories
$83,240
4,220
58 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$83,170
740
59 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$83,140
n/a
60 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$83,000
109,700
61 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$82,830
34,360
62 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$82,780
1,230
63 Water Transportation
$82,770
850
64 Insurance Carriers
$82,580
105,390
65 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$82,560
2,420
66 Depository Credit Intermediation
$82,500
60,780
67 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,470
1,327,050
68 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$82,320
22,750
69 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$81,940
1,005,190
70 Chemical Manufacturing
$81,880
14,350
71 Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
$81,490
700
72 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$81,300
5,630
73 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$81,270
89,580
74 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$81,040
41,780
75 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$81,000
132,860
76 Telecommunications
$80,990
125,120
77 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$80,900
240
78 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$80,860
219,620
79 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$80,470
1,540
80 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$80,360
n/a
81 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$80,100
410
82 Footwear Manufacturing
$80,100
140
83 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$79,370
32,090
84 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$79,240
4,770
85 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$79,220
81,990
86 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$78,920
5,200
87 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$78,900
107,780
88 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$78,490
2,980
89 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$78,390
350
90 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$78,140
1,430
91 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$78,110
460
92 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$78,110
5,650
93 Machinery Manufacturing
$78,010
21,320
94 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$77,910
1,490
95 Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing
$77,670
1,200
96 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$77,600
118,530
97 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$77,600
6,280
98 Hardware Manufacturing
$77,570
430
99 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$77,560
6,750
100 Postal Service (federal government)
$77,470
1,620