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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of systems software developers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational 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 $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|
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|North Dakota|| |