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Software Developers and Programmers Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of software developers and programmers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare software developers and programmers salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Software Developers and Programmers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,780
25th Percentile Wage
$66,100
50th Percentile Wage
$80,900
75th Percentile Wage
$95,340
90th Percentile Wage
$108,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for software developers and programmers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $108,910. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $80,900. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid software developers and programmers is $53,780.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of software developers and programmers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$80,900
3.18% 11.67%
2016
$78,330
2.23% -
2015
$76,580
1.42% -
2014
$75,490
4.03% -
2013
$72,450
1.37% -
2012
$71,460
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Compare Software Developers and Programmers Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of software developers and programmers in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $97,200. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $77,070). For detailed software developers and programmers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$97,200
Federal government, including USPS
$88,960
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$84,900
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$81,280
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$80,900
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$78,330
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$78,190
State government, including schools and hospitals
$77,070

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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