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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of software developers and programmers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$97,770
1.98% 10.91%
2016
$95,830
1.83% -
2015
$94,080
2.93% -
2014
$91,320
2.34% -
2013
$89,180
2.33% -
2012
$87,100
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Table 2. Software Developers and Programmers Salary by Industry Sector

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
Manufacturing
$108,220
Information
$105,350
Finance and Insurance
$101,960
Mining
$101,100
Utilities
$99,010
Wholesale Trade
$98,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$97,310
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$96,270
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$96,220
Transportation and Warehousing
$90,840
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$90,650
Health Care and Social Assistance
$86,020
Construction
$85,350
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$82,380
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$82,160
Federal, State, and Local Government
$80,900
Retail Trade
$78,890
Educational Services
$76,310
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$69,970
Accommodation and Food Services
$63,730



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