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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Applications Software Developers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$58,300
25th Percentile Wage
$76,170
50th Percentile Wage
$100,080
75th Percentile Wage
$126,940
90th Percentile Wage
$157,590

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 $157,590. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $100,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $58,300. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 170% 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 applications software developers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016100,0801.82%10.01%
201598,2602.80%-
201495,5102.98%-
201392,6602.81%-
201290,060--

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 mining sector with an annual salary $110,530. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $73,280).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$110,530
Information
$110,360
Manufacturing
$107,280
Utilities
$101,940
Finance and Insurance
$101,520
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$99,840
Retail Trade
$98,530
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$98,170
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$98,050
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$98,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$98,020
Wholesale Trade
$94,650
Transportation and Warehousing
$94,030
Construction
$93,750
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$89,910
Health Care and Social Assistance
$84,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$79,850
Educational Services
$79,130
Accommodation and Food Services
$73,280

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 $53,750 to $126,140. The highest paying state for applications software developers is Washington with a median annual salary of $126,140. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $53,750. 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
$126,140
California
$118,220
District of Columbia
$112,830
Massachusetts
$106,970
Virginia
$106,890
New York
$106,770
Texas
$104,500
Colorado
$103,910
Alaska
$100,920
Delaware
$99,460
Maryland
$99,390
New Hampshire
$99,100
Oregon
$97,380
Connecticut
$97,030
Illinois
$96,300
New Jersey
$95,810
Georgia
$95,590
North Carolina
$95,100
Missouri
$94,610
Utah
$93,450
Rhode Island
$92,790
Pennsylvania
$92,260
Nevada
$91,860
Vermont
$91,720
Minnesota
$90,620
Alabama
$90,430
Arizona
$90,330
Ohio
$89,020
Nebraska
$86,680
Kansas
$85,540
Florida
$85,110
West Virginia
$84,870
Mississippi
$84,380
Iowa
$84,120
Arkansas
$83,410
Maine
$82,840
Michigan
$82,770
Tennessee
$82,740
Virgin Islands
$82,630
Oklahoma
$81,230
Wisconsin
$81,160
South Carolina
$81,140
New Mexico
$80,900
Hawaii
$79,940
Idaho
$79,360
Indiana
$78,220
Kentucky
$77,520
South Dakota
$75,560
North Dakota
$73,710
Montana
$73,550
Louisiana
$73,370
Wyoming
$64,200
Puerto Rico
$53,750


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