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Computer Programmers Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

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

Average Annual Salary of Computer Programmers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,160
25th Percentile Wage
$61,540
50th Percentile Wage
$81,780
75th Percentile Wage
$107,860
90th Percentile Wage
$134,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer 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) computer programmers is $134,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $81,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid computer programmers is $44,160.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$81,780
3.13% 9.44%
2016
$79,220
0.82% -
2015
$78,570
2.65% -
2014
$76,490
1.62% -
2013
$75,250
1.58% -
2012
$74,060
- -

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

The average salaries of computer 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 computer programmers occupations is the research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $95,960. The lowest paying industry is the photographic services industry (annual salary $70,840). For detailed computer 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
$95,960
Scientific Research and Development Services
$94,860
Engineering Services
$89,580
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$87,550
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$83,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$82,530
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$81,780
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$81,240
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$78,600
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$78,470
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,010
Legal Services
$77,950
Specialized Design Services
$76,130
Testing Laboratories
$74,870
Photographic Services
$70,840

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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