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Highest Paying Industries for Computer Programmers

The top 100 highest paying industries for computer 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 $106,540, securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage is the highest paying industry for computer programmers. It is followed by monetary authorities-central bank industry (average annual salary $106,510). 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 programmers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Computer Programmers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$106,540
2,370
2 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$106,510
230
3 Support Activities for Mining
$102,420
150
4 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$101,280
3,490
5 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$100,800
30
6 Software Publishers
$99,580
21,550
7 Pipeline Transportation
$98,100
90
8 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$97,660
22,880
9 Other Pipeline Transportation
$95,690
50
10 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$94,900
2,460
11 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$94,550
50
12 Federal government, including USPS
$94,320
50
13 Postal Service (federal government)
$94,320
50
14 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$93,710
60
15 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$92,790
60
16 Beverage Manufacturing
$92,160
60
17 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$91,470
50
18 Offices of Physicians
$91,120
380
19 Travel Agencies
$91,010
170
20 Other Financial Investment Activities
$90,150
1,100
21 Other Personal Services
$89,780
430
22 Natural Gas Distribution
$89,530
190
23 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$89,440
80
24 Information
$88,970
35,860
25 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$88,910
4,200
26 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$88,740
100
27 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$88,700
100
28 Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
$88,630
30
29 Utility System Construction
$88,020
80
30 Scientific Research and Development Services
$87,990
4,570
31 Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
$87,830
90
32 Scheduled Air Transportation
$87,820
520
33 Air Transportation
$87,730
540
34 Consumer Goods Rental
$87,280
n/a
35 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$87,250
60
36 Rental and Leasing Services
$86,600
200
37 Personal and Laundry Services
$86,440
470
38 Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing
$86,390
n/a
39 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$86,300
160
40 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$86,290
1,230
41 Mining
$86,180
400
42 Depository Credit Intermediation
$85,740
3,140
43 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$85,730
1,370
44 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$85,490
1,090
45 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$85,160
790
46 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$85,140
1,750
47 Temporary Help Services
$84,990
7,400
48 Lessors of Real Estate
$84,930
90
49 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$84,620
580
50 Finance and Insurance
$84,260
19,840
51 Rail Transportation
$84,070
50
52 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$83,940
180
53 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$83,780
220
54 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$83,570
660
55 Utilities
$83,570
890
56 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$83,550
80
57 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$83,430
6,610
58 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$83,280
170
59 Chemical Manufacturing
$83,280
1,450
60 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$83,220
40
61 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$83,180
130
62 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$83,100
1,640
63 Water Transportation
$83,030
100
64 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$82,970
30
65 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$82,930
540
66 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$82,880
80
67 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$82,870
4,280
68 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$82,570
680
69 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$82,380
60
70 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$82,290
60
71 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$82,230
690
72 Employment Services
$82,020
10,900
73 Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services
$81,710
100
74 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$81,680
380
75 Engineering Services
$81,670
3,280
76 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$81,530
490
77 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$81,530
150
78 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$81,530
150
79 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$81,520
320
80 Transportation and Warehousing
$81,350
1,880
81 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$81,250
730
82 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$81,250
3,510
83 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$81,140
3,160
84 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$80,950
230
85 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$80,880
780
86 Home Health Care Services
$80,810
70
87 Office Administrative Services
$80,690
2,000
88 Educational Support Services
$80,580
530
89 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$80,550
210
90 Oil and Gas Extraction
$80,460
210
91 Grocery Stores
$80,450
n/a
92 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$80,360
2,160
93 Other Information Services
$80,340
3,350
94 Food and Beverage Stores
$80,230
n/a
95 Other Support Services
$80,180
530
96 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$80,070
3,880
97 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$80,040
60
98 Hospitals - State government owned
$80,030
840
99 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$79,830
16,230
100 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$79,820
40
See also: Highest paying cities for computer programmers.