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Highest Paying Industries for Systems Software Developers

The top 100 highest paying industries for systems 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 $154,180, petroleum and coal products manufacturing is the highest paying industry for systems software developers. It is followed by computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry (average annual salary $119,190). 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 systems software developers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Systems Software Developers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$154,180
n/a
2 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$119,190
21,690
3 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$118,900
120
4 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$117,040
60
5 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$116,640
13,240
6 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$114,310
14,500
7 Other Financial Investment Activities
$113,380
2,820
8 Other Information Services
$113,040
4,100
9 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$112,960
5,130
10 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$112,800
51,060
11 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$112,430
160
12 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$112,400
14,640
13 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$112,280
220
14 Scientific Research and Development Services
$112,240
14,830
15 Manufacturing
$112,090
71,160
16 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$111,940
2,190
17 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$109,580
15,750
18 Depository Credit Intermediation
$108,380
5,280
19 Support Activities for Mining
$107,730
n/a
20 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$107,390
n/a
21 Mining
$107,310
n/a
22 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$107,190
80
23 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$107,130
n/a
24 Natural Gas Distribution
$106,930
270
25 Rail Transportation
$106,760
240
26 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$106,630
8,540
27 Utility System Construction
$106,550
90
28 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$106,340
5,540
29 Satellite Telecommunications
$106,240
110
30 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$106,160
800
31 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$106,110
9,340
32 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$106,100
13,440
33 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$105,950
530
34 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$105,560
1,360
35 Travel Agencies
$105,100
720
36 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$105,090
1,220
37 Oil and Gas Extraction
$104,990
50
38 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$104,910
90
39 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$104,780
11,890
40 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$104,660
220
41 Temporary Help Services
$104,620
5,840
42 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$104,510
400
43 Educational Support Services
$104,410
400
44 Finance and Insurance
$104,350
18,880
45 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$104,240
18,610
46 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$104,230
70
47 Outpatient Care Centers
$104,070
110
48 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$104,070
30
49 Employment Services
$104,040
7,720
50 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$103,970
4,650
51 Software Publishers
$103,500
21,100
52 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$103,410
330
53 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$103,120
22,260
54 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$103,010
1,550
55 Specialized Design Services
$102,780
280
56 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$102,590
174,850
57 Engineering Services
$102,540
14,980
58 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$102,410
990
59 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$102,290
15,280
60 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$102,230
1,290
61 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$102,220
240
62 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$102,220
350
63 Rental and Leasing Services
$101,900
90
64 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$101,750
2,840
65 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$101,670
270
66 Home Health Care Services
$101,670
40
67 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$101,390
310
68 Wholesale Trade
$101,380
24,940
69 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$100,990
128,550
70 Utilities
$100,930
810
71 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$100,900
40
72 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$100,700
12,130
73 Administrative and Support Services
$100,660
11,890
74 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$100,580
390
75 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$100,400
1,090
76 Other Support Services
$100,110
160
77 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$100,020
970
78 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$99,980
1,020
79 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$99,890
180
80 Social Advocacy Organizations
$99,880
90
81 Machinery Manufacturing
$99,690
2,230
82 Ship and Boat Building
$99,480
30
83 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$99,250
620
84 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$99,050
230
85 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$98,350
290
86 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$98,260
910
87 Information
$98,020
48,810
88 Chemical Manufacturing
$97,950
700
89 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$97,850
15,420
90 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$97,780
n/a
91 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$97,730
50
92 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
$97,360
460
93 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$97,330
570
94 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$97,240
450
95 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$97,110
190
96 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$96,970
1,160
97 Transportation and Warehousing
$96,630
1,170
98 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$96,440
280
99 Repair and Maintenance
$96,430
500
100 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$96,320
120
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