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Software Developers and Programmers Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of software developers and programmers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare software developers and programmers salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Software Developers and Programmers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,770
25th Percentile Wage
$69,850
50th Percentile Wage
$94,710
75th Percentile Wage
$124,370
90th Percentile Wage
$156,090

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for software developers and programmers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) software developers and programmers is $156,090. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $94,710. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid software developers and programmers is $51,770.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of software developers and programmers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201694,7102.05%8.34%
201592,7703.27%-
201489,7401.72%-
201388,2001.58%-
201286,810--

Compare Software Developers and Programmers Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of software developers and programmers in 15 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for software developers and programmers occupations is the research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $106,840. The lowest paying industry is the specialized design services industry (annual salary $63,800). For detailed software developers and programmers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$106,840
Scientific Research and Development Services
$106,490
Engineering Services
$103,730
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$102,140
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$97,510
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$94,710
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$94,230
Testing Laboratories
$94,000
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$93,830
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$90,880
Legal Services
$86,680
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$83,480
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$78,100
Photographic Services
$71,050
Specialized Design Services
$63,800

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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