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Systems Software Developers Salary Information

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Systems Software Developers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$64,650
25th Percentile Wage
$83,270
50th Percentile Wage
$106,860
75th Percentile Wage
$133,970
90th Percentile Wage
$163,220

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 $163,220. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $106,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,650. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 152% 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 systems software developers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016106,8601.21%7.36%
2015105,5702.55%-
2014102,8801.43%-
2013101,4102.38%-
201299,000--

Table 2. Systems Software Developers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of systems software developers in 18 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 $117,360. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $89,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$117,360
Finance and Insurance
$108,720
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$107,640
Retail Trade
$107,330
Wholesale Trade
$106,920
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$106,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$105,520
Mining
$104,640
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$103,780
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$101,650
Utilities
$101,520
Information
$100,680
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$99,450
Transportation and Warehousing
$96,670
Construction
$95,510
Federal, State, and Local Government
$92,710
Health Care and Social Assistance
$91,900
Educational Services
$89,010

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

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 $60,140 to $125,810. The highest paying state for systems software developers is California with a median annual salary of $125,810. The lowest paying state is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $60,140. For more salary information of systems software developers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$125,810
Delaware
$116,760
Virginia
$115,880
Maryland
$115,050
Washington
$114,100
New Hampshire
$113,900
Colorado
$113,520
Massachusetts
$113,480
New Jersey
$110,520
North Carolina
$108,270
New York
$107,790
District of Columbia
$107,690
Rhode Island
$105,470
Texas
$103,340
Minnesota
$102,840
Illinois
$102,050
New Mexico
$101,510
Connecticut
$101,080
Oregon
$100,110
Vermont
$99,550
Missouri
$98,910
Idaho
$98,540
Utah
$98,160
Arizona
$97,730
Florida
$96,150
Georgia
$96,040
Kansas
$96,000
Alabama
$95,270
Pennsylvania
$95,010
Ohio
$94,310
Hawaii
$91,270
Iowa
$88,460
Alaska
$87,590
Maine
$87,540
Nevada
$86,810
South Dakota
$85,830
Nebraska
$85,080
Kentucky
$84,750
Michigan
$84,300
Wisconsin
$84,190
Tennessee
$83,130
Wyoming
$79,900
South Carolina
$79,230
Indiana
$77,870
Montana
$76,560
Mississippi
$76,330
Oklahoma
$74,420
West Virginia
$73,370
Arkansas
$69,720
Louisiana
$69,480
Puerto Rico
$64,030
North Dakota
$60,140


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