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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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

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
Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Federal, State, and Local Government
Wholesale Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Retail Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Educational Services
Accommodation and Food Services

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
Systems Software Developers
Computer Network Architects
Applications Software Developers
Software Developers and Programmers
Information Security Analysts
Computer and Information Analysts
Computer Systems Analysts
Other Computer Occupations
Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects
Database Administrators
Computer Programmers
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Web Developers
Computer Network Support Specialists
Computer Support Specialists
Computer User Support Specialists


Highest paying industries for computer occupations.