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Highest Paying States for Computer Programmers

The highest paying states 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 of computer programmers in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $119,410, Washington is the highest paying state for computer programmers. It is followed by District of Columbia (average annual salary $93,440). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of computer programmers in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Computer Programmers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Washington
$119,410
$66,640 10,280
2 District of Columbia
$93,440
$58,050 1,370
3 Virginia
$92,870
$51,250 8,780
4 Colorado
$92,340
$54,400 2,930
5 Massachusetts
$92,090
$56,900 6,880
6 California
$89,440
$48,140 37,570
7 North Carolina
$85,550
$49,690 6,760
8 Alaska
$84,480
$52,830 570
9 Maryland
$83,390
$52,510 5,300
10 Georgia
$82,470
$50,660 8,820
11 Connecticut
$81,490
$52,240 5,850
12 Nevada
$80,560
$44,880 1,880
13 Alabama
$80,500
$46,880 6,590
14 Delaware
$79,900
$55,260 900
15 Texas
$79,890
$41,970 20,430
16 Minnesota
$79,730
$51,610 7,180
17 New York
$79,700
$45,140 17,790
18 Illinois
$79,120
$37,310 13,350
19 Rhode Island
$79,000
$43,980 1,150
20 Missouri
$78,400
$45,260 7,240
21 Arizona
$77,850
$42,340 4,700
22 Oregon
$77,730
$47,260 3,330
23 Pennsylvania
$77,020
$46,160 13,030
24 New Jersey
$76,990
$45,820 13,080
25 Utah
$76,570
$38,350 4,210
26 New Mexico
$75,140
$53,430 610
27 Oklahoma
$74,400
$38,970 1,610
28 South Carolina
$74,020
$44,710 3,320
29 Nebraska
$73,590
$42,470 2,850
30 Kentucky
$72,110
$40,440 1,260
31 Michigan
$71,750
$43,280 3,730
32 Florida
$70,840
$40,940 11,690
33 Ohio
$70,210
$39,600 5,460
34 Tennessee
$70,050
$41,240 4,110
35 Arkansas
$70,040
$47,130 3,540
36 Idaho
$70,000
$42,360 660
37 Kansas
$69,900
$40,680 1,910
38 Maine
$69,840
$39,460 810
39 Wisconsin
$69,360
$42,060 5,660
40 New Hampshire
$68,550
$43,750 1,490
41 Hawaii
$67,920
$50,860 510
42 Indiana
$67,710
$42,490 4,340
43 Iowa
$67,200
$42,330 1,330
44 Vermont
$66,680
$36,020 420
45 Mississippi
$66,590
$42,170 700
46 Louisiana
$63,990
$41,130 2,430
47 Montana
$60,440
$34,070 670
48 West Virginia
$59,030
$37,900 630
49 North Dakota
$59,000
$41,580 570
50 Wyoming
$56,900
$34,070 210
51 Guam
$50,340
$32,400 40
52 South Dakota
$49,890
$40,740 740
53 Puerto Rico
$42,820
$23,550 1,420
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