Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

15-1131 Computer Programmers

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.


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)
289,420 1.7 % $40.56 $84,360 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.37 $28.97 $38.24 $49.79 $62.89
Annual Wage (2) $44,450 $60,250 $79,530 $103,570 $130,800


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 117,720 6.24 $40.56 $84,370
Software Publishers 21,260 6.50 $49.27 $102,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13,880 0.61 $39.73 $82,630
Employment Services 9,890 0.28 $43.44 $90,360
State Government (OES Designation) 8,600 0.39 $34.06 $70,840

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 21,260 6.50 $49.27 $102,480
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 117,720 6.24 $40.56 $84,370
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 6,590 2.27 $38.74 $80,580
Other Information Services 3,520 1.52 $43.05 $89,540
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 240 1.38 $52.95 $110,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 1,970 0.44 $54.36 $113,070
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 240 1.38 $52.95 $110,130
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 30 0.01 $51.12 $106,330
Other Financial Investment Activities 1,220 0.28 $50.40 $104,830
Natural Gas Distribution 330 0.29 $50.04 $104,080


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 38,650 2.49 1.19 $44.31 $92,170
Texas 21,680 1.87 0.89 $41.66 $86,660
New York 19,680 2.19 1.04 $42.31 $88,010
Illinois 16,230 2.77 1.32 $37.19 $77,360
New Jersey 15,170 3.88 1.85 $43.90 $91,310



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 13,260 4.45 2.12 $57.23 $119,040
New Jersey 15,170 3.88 1.85 $43.90 $91,310
Nebraska 3,120 3.27 1.56 $35.63 $74,110
Alabama 5,850 3.11 1.48 $40.00 $83,190
Connecticut 5,020 3.03 1.44 $38.82 $80,740



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 13,260 4.45 2.12 $57.23 $119,040
New Mexico 1,200 1.50 0.72 $48.65 $101,190
Alaska 610 1.87 0.89 $45.97 $95,630
Massachusetts 7,130 2.10 1.00 $45.85 $95,370
District of Columbia 1,120 1.66 0.79 $45.03 $93,660




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 18,460 2.85 1.36 $46.00 $95,690
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 12,090 3.39 1.61 $37.27 $77,510
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 11,970 7.79 3.71 $59.37 $123,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,840 3.16 1.51 $40.72 $84,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,680 3.30 1.57 $43.02 $89,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,340 1.79 0.85 $45.98 $95,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,210 2.98 1.42 $47.38 $98,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,510 6.43 3.07 $45.16 $93,940
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,210 3.30 1.57 $38.85 $80,820
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 6,110 5.99 2.86 $51.96 $108,070