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Applications Software Developers Salary Information

The salary statistics of applications software developers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of applications software developers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The applications software developers 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. Applications Software Developers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$59,870
25th Percentile Wage
$77,710
50th Percentile Wage
$101,790
75th Percentile Wage
$128,960
90th Percentile Wage
$160,100

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for applications software developers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) applications software developers is $160,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $101,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $59,870. 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 167% 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 applications software developers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$101,790
1.68% 11.52%
2016
$100,080
1.82% -
2015
$98,260
2.80% -
2014
$95,510
2.98% -
2013
$92,660
2.81% -
2012
$90,060
- -

Table 2. Applications Software Developers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of applications software developers 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 applications software developers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $111,990. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $71,650).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$111,990
Mining
$109,550
Manufacturing
$109,070
Finance and Insurance
$105,170
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$101,510
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$100,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$100,430
Utilities
$100,390
Retail Trade
$99,340
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$99,070
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$98,890
Wholesale Trade
$98,400
Transportation and Warehousing
$93,460
Construction
$92,430
Health Care and Social Assistance
$87,380
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$85,180
Federal, State, and Local Government
$83,770
Educational Services
$82,690
Accommodation and Food Services
$71,650

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Applications Software Developers by States

From the above tables we note that not only applications software developers 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 applications software developers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $54,620 to $127,770. The highest paying state for applications software developers is Washington with a median annual salary of $127,770. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $54,620. For more salary information of applications software developers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$127,770
California
$121,210
District of Columbia
$116,680
New York
$110,050
Texas
$107,720
Virginia
$106,500
Massachusetts
$103,700
Maryland
$103,290
Colorado
$102,530
Oregon
$101,510
New Hampshire
$101,460
Nevada
$101,040
Alaska
$100,920
New Jersey
$100,850
Connecticut
$99,790
Delaware
$98,870
Georgia
$97,780
North Carolina
$97,610
Missouri
$94,760
Arizona
$94,740
Utah
$94,320
Illinois
$93,510
Vermont
$93,180
Pennsylvania
$92,770
Rhode Island
$91,250
Minnesota
$90,200
Alabama
$89,440
Ohio
$89,200
Florida
$88,030
Tennessee
$87,890
Michigan
$87,880
South Carolina
$87,120
Mississippi
$87,030
Iowa
$86,830
Kansas
$86,130
Maine
$85,690
Idaho
$85,680
Nebraska
$85,510
Oklahoma
$83,910
Arkansas
$83,830
Wisconsin
$82,790
Virgin Islands
$82,630
Indiana
$79,810
West Virginia
$78,840
Hawaii
$77,660
New Mexico
$76,600
Kentucky
$76,290
Montana
$74,600
South Dakota
$74,030
Louisiana
$73,620
North Dakota
$72,900
Wyoming
$64,540
Puerto Rico
$54,620



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