The salary statistics of software developers and programmers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of software developers and programmers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of software developers and programmers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The software developers and 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$54,920|
|25th Percentile Wage||$73,250|
|50th Percentile Wage||$97,770|
|75th Percentile Wage||$126,330|
|90th Percentile Wage||$157,660|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for software developers and programmers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) software developers and programmers is $157,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $97,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,920. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 187% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of software developers and programmers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of software developers and programmers 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 software developers and programmers occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $108,220. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $63,730).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |