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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Computer Occupations Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,440
25th Percentile Wage
$60,270
50th Percentile Wage
$84,580
75th Percentile Wage
$114,210
90th Percentile Wage
$144,890

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 $144,890. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $84,580. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,440. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 233% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of computer occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$84,580
2.03% 9.83%
2016
$82,860
1.73% -
2015
$81,430
2.51% -
2014
$79,390
1.95% -
2013
$77,840
2.02% -
2012
$76,270
- -

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 $94,450. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $53,440).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$94,450
Information
$91,820
Finance and Insurance
$91,630
Utilities
$90,490
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,080
Mining
$87,280
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$86,700
Federal, State, and Local Government
$81,320
Wholesale Trade
$78,700
Transportation and Warehousing
$76,780
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$76,420
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$71,150
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$70,670
Health Care and Social Assistance
$69,320
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$69,220
Construction
$67,750
Retail Trade
$63,900
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$63,180
Educational Services
$61,770
Accommodation and Food Services
$53,440

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
$130,790
Computer Network Architects
$124,140
Information Security Analysts
$123,370
Systems Software Developers
$120,340
Other Computer Occupations
$107,260
Applications Software Developers
$104,400
Software Developers and Programmers
$97,770
Computer and Information Analysts
$89,280
Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects
$87,090
Web Developers
$77,830
Computer Network Support Specialists
$77,320
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$76,600
Computer Systems Analysts
$63,860
Database Administrators
$55,920
Computer Support Specialists
$52,810
Computer User Support Specialists
$44,340
Computer Programmers
$38,190



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