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Computer Programmers Salary Information

The salary statistics of computer programmers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of computer programmers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The computer programmers 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 Programmers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,090
25th Percentile Wage
$62,860
50th Percentile Wage
$82,240
75th Percentile Wage
$106,580
90th Percentile Wage
$132,530

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer programmers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) computer programmers is $132,530. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $82,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,090. 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 181% 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 programmers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$82,240
2.92% 9.68%
2016
$79,840
0.39% -
2015
$79,530
2.49% -
2014
$77,550
1.82% -
2013
$76,140
2.44% -
2012
$74,280
- -

Table 2. Computer Programmers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of computer programmers in 19 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 programmers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $95,120. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $59,680).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$95,120
Utilities
$94,910
Information
$89,480
Finance and Insurance
$88,300
Wholesale Trade
$86,340
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$84,410
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$84,350
Health Care and Social Assistance
$83,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$83,170
Transportation and Warehousing
$83,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$81,780
Manufacturing
$81,750
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$80,430
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$80,020
Construction
$77,890
Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,780
Retail Trade
$73,230
Educational Services
$71,610
Accommodation and Food Services
$59,680

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Computer Programmers by States

From the above tables we note that not only computer programmers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of computer programmers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $45,380 to $124,900. The highest paying state for computer programmers is Washington with a median annual salary of $124,900. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $45,380. For more salary information of computer programmers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$124,900
District of Columbia
$103,010
Colorado
$93,790
California
$93,620
Virginia
$93,090
Massachusetts
$89,920
North Carolina
$87,900
Alaska
$85,590
Connecticut
$84,720
Alabama
$84,230
Oregon
$83,420
Texas
$82,620
Maryland
$82,320
New York
$82,210
Illinois
$82,020
New Jersey
$81,380
Minnesota
$80,720
Arizona
$80,500
Pennsylvania
$79,000
Missouri
$78,890
Oklahoma
$78,370
Georgia
$77,740
Utah
$77,570
Nevada
$77,300
New Mexico
$76,140
Maine
$75,990
Rhode Island
$75,310
Nebraska
$75,040
Tennessee
$74,060
South Carolina
$73,940
Delaware
$73,810
Florida
$73,800
Wisconsin
$72,410
Iowa
$71,690
Kansas
$71,070
Michigan
$70,950
Idaho
$70,410
Mississippi
$70,370
Indiana
$69,810
Kentucky
$69,370
Ohio
$69,080
Hawaii
$68,860
Montana
$67,540
Vermont
$66,930
New Hampshire
$66,880
West Virginia
$64,950
Arkansas
$64,040
Louisiana
$62,730
North Dakota
$61,100
Wyoming
$60,260
South Dakota
$53,320
Guam
$50,340
Puerto Rico
$45,380



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