Computer Programmers Salary in Sector of Information

The salary statistics of computer programmers in the industry sector of information are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare computer programmers salaries in different industries within the information sector.

Average Annual Salary of Computer Programmers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer programmers in the industry sector of information. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) computer programmers is $152,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $89,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid computer programmers is $48,870.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of computer programmers in the industry sector of information from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
3.40% 11.67%
-4.75% -
1.74% -
3.35% -
8.08% -
- -

Compare Computer Programmers Salary in Different Industries within the Information Sector

The average salaries of computer programmers in 20 industries in the information sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for computer programmers occupations is the software publishers industry with an annual salary $97,360. The lowest paying industry is the satellite telecommunications industry (annual salary $65,170). For detailed computer programmers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Software Publishers
Sound Recording Industries
Cable and Other Subscription Programming
Publishing Industries (except Internet)
Broadcasting (except Internet)
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
Other Information Services
Other Information Services
Motion Picture and Video Industries
Radio and Television Broadcasting
Radio Broadcasting
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
Newspaper Publishers
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
Other Telecommunications
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
Satellite Telecommunications

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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