Computer Occupations Salary Information

The salary statistics of computer occupations are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of computer occupations in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of computer occupations within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The computer occupations annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Computer Occupations Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,560
25th Percentile Wage
$59,090
50th Percentile Wage
$82,860
75th Percentile Wage
$111,770
90th Percentile Wage
$141,260

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer occupations. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) computer occupations is $141,260. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $82,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,560. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 231% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of computer occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201682,8601.73%7.95%
201581,4302.51%-
201479,3901.95%-
201377,8402.02%-
201276,270--

Table 2. Computer Occupations Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of computer occupations in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for computer occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $93,990. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $52,140).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$93,990
Mining
$90,560
Information
$89,580
Finance and Insurance
$89,150
Utilities
$88,760
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$86,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$84,610
Federal, State, and Local Government
$79,480
Wholesale Trade
$77,420
Transportation and Warehousing
$75,940
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$75,750
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$70,300
Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$67,930
Construction
$66,700
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$64,870
Retail Trade
$61,930
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,770
Educational Services
$60,380
Accommodation and Food Services
$52,140

Table 3. Salaries of Computer Occupations Related Occupations

The average annual salary of computer occupations related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Computer and Information Research Scientists
$111,840
Systems Software Developers
$106,860
Computer Network Architects
$101,210
Applications Software Developers
$100,080
Software Developers and Programmers
$95,830
Information Security Analysts
$92,600
Computer and Information Analysts
$87,960
Computer Systems Analysts
$87,220
Other Computer Occupations
$86,510
Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects
$84,970
Database Administrators
$84,950
Computer Programmers
$79,840
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$79,700
Web Developers
$66,130
Computer Network Support Specialists
$62,670
Computer Support Specialists
$52,160
Computer User Support Specialists
$49,390



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