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Highest Paying Industries for Software Developers and Programmers

The top 100 highest paying industries for software developers and programmers (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 $119,890, petroleum and coal products manufacturing is the highest paying industry for software developers and programmers. It is followed by computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry (average annual salary $115,280). 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 software developers and programmers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Software Developers and Programmers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$119,890
290
2 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$115,280
36,520
3 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$112,030
13,640
4 Other Information Services
$110,820
45,520
5 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$110,710
28,680
6 Support Activities for Mining
$108,260
630
7 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$108,170
91,130
8 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$107,500
24,320
9 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$107,040
250
10 Software Publishers
$105,000
112,970
11 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$104,340
14,880
12 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$104,090
29,790
13 Travel Agencies
$104,010
n/a
14 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$104,010
34,330
15 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$103,970
n/a
16 Natural Gas Distribution
$103,610
980
17 Scientific Research and Development Services
$103,490
35,280
18 Mining
$103,420
1,270
19 Manufacturing
$103,350
150,780
20 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$102,800
123,070
21 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$102,170
4,380
22 Other Financial Investment Activities
$101,950
10,430
23 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$101,930
140
24 Land Subdivision
$99,630
n/a
25 Depository Credit Intermediation
$99,470
17,430
26 Information
$99,350
240,090
27 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$99,320
8,590
28 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$99,210
8,890
29 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$98,950
120
30 Utility System Construction
$98,660
180
31 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$98,640
1,430
32 Postal Service (federal government)
$97,450
80
33 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$97,360
29,700
34 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$97,350
2,050
35 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$97,210
210
36 Pipeline Transportation
$97,140
270
37 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$96,990
230
38 Engineering Services
$96,840
29,510
39 Rail Transportation
$96,790
1,350
40 Satellite Telecommunications
$96,580
300
41 Oil and Gas Extraction
$96,340
580
42 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$96,230
35,430
43 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$95,910
32,140
44 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$95,850
850
45 Other Pipeline Transportation
$95,690
50
46 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$95,610
10,740
47 Federal government, including USPS
$95,320
130
48 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$95,110
210
49 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$94,880
110
50 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$94,760
500
51 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$94,740
44,960
52 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$94,730
n/a
53 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$94,360
3,220
54 Finance and Insurance
$94,080
106,110
55 Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing
$93,920
370
56 Utilities
$93,910
3,560
57 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$93,770
2,810
58 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$93,610
2,550
59 Temporary Help Services
$93,060
29,880
60 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
$93,040
1,120
61 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$93,020
950
62 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$93,000
5,680
63 Other Personal Services
$92,640
660
64 Telecommunications
$92,490
24,460
65 Wholesale Trade
$92,090
64,140
66 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$91,930
440
67 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$91,840
220
68 Water Transportation
$91,540
230
69 Employment Services
$91,510
38,630
70 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$91,370
16,230
71 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$91,210
830
72 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$90,910
140
73 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$90,380
380
74 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$90,320
2,450
75 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$90,270
1,930
76 Rental and Leasing Services
$90,240
860
77 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$90,240
13,910
78 Repair and Maintenance
$90,170
1,420
79 Scheduled Air Transportation
$89,950
n/a
80 Chemical Manufacturing
$89,900
3,680
81 Air Transportation
$89,870
n/a
82 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$89,790
69,480
83 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,740
666,610
84 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$89,540
60
85 Testing Laboratories
$89,430
1,770
86 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$89,310
680
87 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$89,140
59,050
88 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$89,140
7,260
89 Administrative and Support Services
$89,110
58,210
90 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$89,050
525,410
91 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$89,020
150
92 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$88,810
300
93 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$88,720
160
94 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$88,630
46,400
95 Personal and Laundry Services
$88,550
770
96 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$88,550
760
97 Security Systems Services
$88,530
820
98 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$88,490
1,670
99 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$88,410
230
100 Transportation and Warehousing
$88,410
6,430