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Highest Paying States for Systems Software Developers

The highest paying states 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 of systems software developers in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $124,190, California is the highest paying state for systems software developers. It is followed by New Hampshire (average annual salary $122,630). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of systems software developers in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Systems Software Developers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 California
$124,190
$75,860 82,630
2 New Hampshire
$122,630
$76,010 1,310
3 Delaware
$119,640
$83,480 680
4 Virginia
$119,430
$74,130 24,650
5 Washington
$117,280
$72,490 14,640
6 Colorado
$115,110
$79,180 13,260
7 New Jersey
$114,850
$71,620 9,110
8 Maryland
$114,660
$59,640 15,030
9 Massachusetts
$112,880
$72,620 26,560
10 District of Columbia
$112,590
$63,360 2,710
11 New York
$111,740
$63,490 20,710
12 Minnesota
$107,710
$69,260 8,190
13 North Carolina
$107,620
$71,470 8,070
14 Texas
$107,340
$64,600 25,330
15 Rhode Island
$107,150
$71,020 910
16 Oregon
$106,640
$68,490 2,340
17 Illinois
$104,320
$65,710 14,150
18 Connecticut
$102,690
$65,330 4,250
19 Arizona
$102,620
$65,400 11,330
20 Utah
$101,130
$59,120 5,130
21 Georgia
$100,290
$66,180 12,030
22 Vermont
$99,550
$56,590 800
23 Pennsylvania
$97,970
$66,730 10,630
24 New Mexico
$97,910
$56,460 1,650
25 Alabama
$97,840
$65,460 3,720
26 Florida
$97,300
$57,190 16,500
27 Missouri
$96,160
$54,830 5,520
28 Kansas
$95,830
$62,700 2,410
29 Ohio
$94,930
$64,540 5,230
30 Maine
$93,600
$57,480 340
31 Hawaii
$92,750
$66,840 1,000
32 Idaho
$91,370
$35,610 900
33 Nebraska
$91,110
$57,110 2,670
34 Nevada
$90,980
$46,400 960
35 Wyoming
$89,990
$49,260 100
36 Iowa
$87,820
$53,970 2,960
37 Michigan
$87,810
$49,980 11,090
38 Alaska
$87,590
$65,570 130
39 Tennessee
$86,890
$56,390 4,520
40 West Virginia
$85,020
$46,430 490
41 Wisconsin
$84,820
$56,370 4,000
42 South Dakota
$84,780
$57,080 650
43 Indiana
$83,140
$53,010 3,580
44 Arkansas
$82,490
$52,240 1,260
45 Kentucky
$81,600
$55,430 1,800
46 South Carolina
$79,140
$48,200 2,630
47 Mississippi
$74,780
$46,650 960
48 Oklahoma
$74,750
$46,400 2,420
49 Virgin Islands
$72,690
$46,180 30
50 Louisiana
$71,590
$47,450 1,200
51 Montana
$71,510
$45,670 560
52 North Dakota
$61,660
$49,240 590
53 Puerto Rico
$58,310
$37,660 860
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