Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

15-1132 Software Developers, Applications

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
499,280 1.1 % $43.47 $90,410 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.14 $33.22 $42.21 $52.51 $63.99
Annual Wage (2) $54,360 $69,090 $87,790 $109,210 $133,110


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 173,730 12.07 $43.86 $91,240
Software Publishers 40,300 15.87 $45.65 $94,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises 27,040 1.42 $42.54 $88,490
Insurance Carriers 19,000 1.60 $40.68 $84,600
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 13,970 8.87 $50.71 $105,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 40,300 15.87 $45.65 $94,950
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 173,730 12.07 $43.86 $91,240
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 13,970 8.87 $50.71 $105,480
Other Information Services 8,060 5.86 $48.47 $100,810
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 13,040 5.44 $41.49 $86,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.04 $54.82 $114,020
Lessors of Real Estate 70 0.01 $50.72 $105,490
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 13,970 8.87 $50.71 $105,480
Other Information Services 8,060 5.86 $48.47 $100,810
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 6,370 1.33 $47.76 $99,340


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 78,150 5.58 1.42 $49.17 $102,280
Texas 34,810 3.45 0.88 $44.31 $92,160
Virginia 28,110 7.97 2.03 $46.40 $96,510
New Jersey 27,700 7.35 1.87 $46.34 $96,380
New York 27,600 3.31 0.84 $45.44 $94,510




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 27,130 10.07 2.56 $45.36 $94,350
Colorado 19,960 9.25 2.36 $43.74 $90,970
Virginia 28,110 7.97 2.03 $46.40 $96,510
New Hampshire 4,660 7.73 1.97 $43.81 $91,130
New Jersey 27,700 7.35 1.87 $46.34 $96,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 78,150 5.58 1.42 $49.17 $102,280
Massachusetts 22,750 7.29 1.86 $47.31 $98,400
Virginia 28,110 7.97 2.03 $46.40 $96,510
New Jersey 27,700 7.35 1.87 $46.34 $96,380
New York 27,600 3.31 0.84 $45.44 $94,510

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 24,470 10.69 2.72 $48.11 $100,070
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,260 28.30 7.21 $55.94 $116,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 23,790 4.77 1.22 $48.86 $101,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 23,630 17.55 4.47 $46.49 $96,710
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 15,450 9.32 2.37 $46.96 $97,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 13,280 3.48 0.89 $43.42 $90,310
Denver-Aurora, CO 12,730 10.75 2.74 $44.32 $92,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 12,220 7.28 1.85 $43.32 $90,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 12,220 6.11 1.55 $46.05 $95,790
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 11,200 3.16 0.81 $43.88 $91,270




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,260 28.30 7.21 $55.94 $116,360
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,580 23.15 5.89 $49.82 $103,630
Boulder, CO 3,280 21.54 5.48 $41.20 $85,700
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 23,630 17.55 4.47 $46.49 $96,710
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 2,250 17.51 4.46 $44.71 $93,000
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 3,730 17.41 4.43 $46.68 $97,100
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,610 14.19 3.61 $50.05 $104,110
Portsmouth, NH-ME 700 12.83 3.27 $43.77 $91,050
Durham, NC 3,090 11.56 2.94 $43.16 $89,770
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,820 11.41 2.90 $51.50 $107,110




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
El Centro, CA 50 1.00 0.26 $61.58 $128,080
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 2.04 0.52 $60.72 $126,300
Dalton, GA (8) (8) (8) $56.19 $116,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,260 28.30 7.21 $55.94 $116,360
Punta Gorda, FL 30 0.82 0.21 $53.86 $112,030
Salinas, CA 320 2.09 0.53 $53.34 $110,940
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 5,570 5.84 1.49 $51.94 $108,040
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,820 11.41 2.90 $51.50 $107,110
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,610 14.19 3.61 $50.05 $104,110
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,580 23.15 5.89 $49.82 $103,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 440 2.62 0.67 $34.15 $71,040
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 310 1.85 0.47 $34.31 $71,360
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 290 1.55 0.40 $31.22 $64,940
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 290 2.97 0.76 $44.70 $92,970
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 240 2.11 0.54 $28.45 $59,170

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 210 5.14 1.31 $38.98 $81,080
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 240 3.94 1.00 $41.63 $86,590
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 200 3.46 0.88 $36.54 $76,000
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 3.40 0.87 $47.79 $99,400
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 290 2.97 0.76 $44.70 $92,970

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.86 0.22 $54.22 $112,770
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 0.28 $49.07 $102,070
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.61 0.15 $48.56 $101,010
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.08 $48.29 $100,440
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 0.65 0.17 $48.02 $99,890


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011