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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
$43,280
25th Percentile Wage
$60,220
50th Percentile Wage
$79,220
75th Percentile Wage
$104,710
90th Percentile Wage
$133,390

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 $133,390. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid computer programmers is $43,280.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201679,2200.82%6.51%
201578,5702.65%-
201476,4901.62%-
201375,2501.58%-
201274,060--

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 $86,430. The lowest paying industry is the specialized design services industry (annual salary $66,560). 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
$86,430
Engineering Services
$86,240
Scientific Research and Development Services
$86,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$84,190
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$83,770
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$79,220
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$79,030
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$78,930
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$78,740
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$78,670
Legal Services
$77,380
Testing Laboratories
$75,990
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$75,460
Photographic Services
$70,840
Specialized Design Services
$66,560

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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