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Software Developers and Programmers Salary Information

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Software Developers and Programmers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,300
25th Percentile Wage
$71,410
50th Percentile Wage
$95,830
75th Percentile Wage
$124,260
90th Percentile Wage
$155,310

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 $155,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $95,830. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,300. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 191% 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 software developers and programmers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201695,8301.83%9.11%
201594,0802.93%-
201491,3202.34%-
201389,1802.33%-
201287,100--

Table 2. Software Developers and Programmers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of software developers and 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 software developers and programmers occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $108,560. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $60,660).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$108,560
Information
$102,280
Finance and Insurance
$99,170
Utilities
$98,150
Mining
$98,030
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$95,070
Wholesale Trade
$95,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,950
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$94,710
Transportation and Warehousing
$91,890
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$87,920
Health Care and Social Assistance
$83,860
Construction
$81,390
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$79,970
Federal, State, and Local Government
$78,330
Retail Trade
$76,720
Educational Services
$73,780
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$68,960
Accommodation and Food Services
$60,660


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