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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 programmers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) computer programmers is $130,360. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,840. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,570. 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 186% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of computer programmers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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 utilities sector with an annual salary $91,390. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $62,020).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
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 $42,820 to $119,410. The highest paying state for computer programmers is Washington with a median annual salary of $119,410. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $42,820. For more salary information of computer programmers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New York|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |