The salary statistics of systems software developers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of systems software developers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The systems 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$65,670|
|25th Percentile Wage||$84,290|
|50th Percentile Wage||$107,600|
|75th Percentile Wage||$135,740|
|90th Percentile Wage||$164,150|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for systems software developers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) systems software developers is $164,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $107,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,670. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 149% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of systems software developers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of systems 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 systems software developers occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $115,420. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $84,330).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
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|Retail Trade|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only systems 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 systems software developers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $58,310 to $124,190. The highest paying state for systems software developers is California with a median annual salary of $124,190. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $58,310. For more salary information of systems software developers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
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|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
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|Puerto Rico|| |