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Highest Paying Industries for Applications Software Developers

The top 100 highest paying industries for applications software developers (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 $123,280, other information services is the highest paying industry for applications software developers. It is followed by securities and commodity exchanges industry (average annual salary $122,900). 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 applications software developers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Applications Software Developers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Other Information Services
$123,280
31,080
2 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$122,900
30
3 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
$121,110
370
4 Support Activities for Mining
$118,980
150
5 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$118,890
200
6 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$115,900
8,680
7 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$113,460
10,380
8 Land Subdivision
$112,730
n/a
9 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$112,580
340
10 Mining
$111,650
450
11 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$110,950
11,570
12 Oil and Gas Extraction
$110,940
270
13 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$110,570
13,800
14 Repair and Maintenance
$110,270
510
15 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$109,600
120
16 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$109,500
2,420
17 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$109,260
14,760
18 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$107,650
890
19 Information
$107,480
131,410
20 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$107,440
1,020
21 Software Publishers
$107,390
67,210
22 Other Personal Services
$107,250
180
23 Personal and Laundry Services
$107,250
180
24 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$106,870
1,070
25 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$106,680
70,680
26 Natural Gas Distribution
$106,510
470
27 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$106,250
4,750
28 Spectator Sports
$105,400
n/a
29 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$105,040
34,650
30 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$104,560
n/a
31 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$104,300
70
32 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$104,210
770
33 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$103,940
70
34 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers
$103,810
30
35 Nonresidential Building Construction
$103,590
40
36 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$103,570
50
37 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$102,840
1,340
38 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$102,600
n/a
39 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$102,510
840
40 Manufacturing
$101,950
59,060
41 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$101,850
n/a
42 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$101,460
14,820
43 Scientific Research and Development Services
$101,460
14,980
44 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$101,450
460
45 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$101,390
40
46 Other Financial Investment Activities
$101,310
6,040
47 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$101,270
160
48 Newspaper Publishers
$101,210
360
49 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$100,880
12,030
50 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$100,650
70
51 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$100,410
570
52 Depository Credit Intermediation
$100,300
7,790
53 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$100,140
210
54 Telecommunications
$99,830
9,690
55 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$99,430
140
56 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$98,890
5,470
57 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$98,680
5,790
58 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$98,250
1,180
59 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$98,100
17,180
60 Satellite Telecommunications
$97,910
160
61 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$97,750
3,460
62 Construction of Buildings
$97,670
100
63 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$97,470
13,720
64 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$96,870
80
65 Utilities
$96,630
1,760
66 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$96,450
150
67 Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing
$96,350
280
68 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$96,330
70
69 Finance and Insurance
$96,260
60,800
70 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$96,100
2,270
71 Engineering Services
$96,080
10,450
72 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$96,060
1,980
73 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$95,730
70
74 Chemical Manufacturing
$95,620
1,350
75 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$95,590
12,030
76 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$95,490
18,180
77 Residential Building Construction
$95,360
60
78 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$95,090
4,540
79 Pipeline Transportation
$95,000
150
80 Wholesale Trade
$94,750
24,380
81 Scheduled Air Transportation
$94,580
650
82 Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing
$94,580
40
83 Employment Services
$94,560
17,160
84 Temporary Help Services
$94,550
14,880
85 Rail Transportation
$94,490
1,040
86 Air Transportation
$94,470
660
87 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$94,330
410
88 Sound Recording Industries
$93,810
50
89 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$93,800
17,550
90 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$93,730
33,850
91 Administrative and Support Services
$93,590
24,040
92 Security Systems Services
$93,530
350
93 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$93,480
24,440
94 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$93,450
1,300
95 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$93,320
2,580
96 Food Manufacturing
$93,320
250
97 Nonstore Retailers
$93,250
2,600
98 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$93,190
130
99 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$93,080
90
100 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$93,020
700
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