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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Systems Software Developers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$107,600
0.69% 7.99%
2016
$106,860
1.21% -
2015
$105,570
2.55% -
2014
$102,880
1.43% -
2013
$101,410
2.38% -
2012
$99,000
- -

Table 2. Systems Software Developers Salary by Industry Sector

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
Manufacturing
$115,420
Wholesale Trade
$110,310
Retail Trade
$109,720
Finance and Insurance
$109,260
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$107,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$106,330
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$105,490
Information
$104,730
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$104,540
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$104,260
Utilities
$104,010
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$102,350
Mining
$100,420
Transportation and Warehousing
$96,060
Construction
$95,590
Health Care and Social Assistance
$95,400
Federal, State, and Local Government
$93,210
Educational Services
$88,620
Accommodation and Food Services
$84,330

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 $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
California
$124,190
New Hampshire
$122,630
Delaware
$119,640
Virginia
$119,430
Washington
$117,280
Colorado
$115,110
New Jersey
$114,850
Maryland
$114,660
Massachusetts
$112,880
District of Columbia
$112,590
New York
$111,740
Minnesota
$107,710
North Carolina
$107,620
Texas
$107,340
Rhode Island
$107,150
Oregon
$106,640
Illinois
$104,320
Connecticut
$102,690
Arizona
$102,620
Utah
$101,130
Georgia
$100,290
Vermont
$99,550
Pennsylvania
$97,970
New Mexico
$97,910
Alabama
$97,840
Florida
$97,300
Missouri
$96,160
Kansas
$95,830
Ohio
$94,930
Maine
$93,600
Hawaii
$92,750
Idaho
$91,370
Nebraska
$91,110
Nevada
$90,980
Wyoming
$89,990
Iowa
$87,820
Michigan
$87,810
Alaska
$87,590
Tennessee
$86,890
West Virginia
$85,020
Wisconsin
$84,820
South Dakota
$84,780
Indiana
$83,140
Arkansas
$82,490
Kentucky
$81,600
South Carolina
$79,140
Mississippi
$74,780
Oklahoma
$74,750
Virgin Islands
$72,690
Louisiana
$71,590
Montana
$71,510
North Dakota
$61,660
Puerto Rico
$58,310



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