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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Computer Programmers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,570
25th Percentile Wage
$61,100
50th Percentile Wage
$79,840
75th Percentile Wage
$103,690
90th Percentile Wage
$130,360

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201679,8400.39%6.96%
201579,5302.49%-
201477,5501.82%-
201376,1402.44%-
201274,280--

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 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
Utilities
$91,390
Finance and Insurance
$87,930
Information
$86,440
Transportation and Warehousing
$85,840
Health Care and Social Assistance
$83,630
Mining
$82,860
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$81,890
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$81,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$80,390
Wholesale Trade
$80,050
Manufacturing
$79,870
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$79,220
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$76,430
Construction
$75,410
Federal, State, and Local Government
$74,520
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$73,990
Educational Services
$70,070
Retail Trade
$69,640
Accommodation and Food Services
$62,020

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 $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
Washington
$119,410
District of Columbia
$93,440
Virginia
$92,870
Colorado
$92,340
Massachusetts
$92,090
California
$89,440
North Carolina
$85,550
Alaska
$84,480
Maryland
$83,390
Georgia
$82,470
Connecticut
$81,490
Nevada
$80,560
Alabama
$80,500
Delaware
$79,900
Texas
$79,890
Minnesota
$79,730
New York
$79,700
Illinois
$79,120
Rhode Island
$79,000
Missouri
$78,400
Arizona
$77,850
Oregon
$77,730
Pennsylvania
$77,020
New Jersey
$76,990
Utah
$76,570
New Mexico
$75,140
Oklahoma
$74,400
South Carolina
$74,020
Nebraska
$73,590
Kentucky
$72,110
Michigan
$71,750
Florida
$70,840
Ohio
$70,210
Tennessee
$70,050
Arkansas
$70,040
Idaho
$70,000
Kansas
$69,900
Maine
$69,840
Wisconsin
$69,360
New Hampshire
$68,550
Hawaii
$67,920
Indiana
$67,710
Iowa
$67,200
Vermont
$66,680
Mississippi
$66,590
Louisiana
$63,990
Montana
$60,440
West Virginia
$59,030
North Dakota
$59,000
Wyoming
$56,900
Guam
$50,340
South Dakota
$49,890
Puerto Rico
$42,820


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