Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
312,340 1.4 % $38.91 $80,930 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.98 $27.86 $36.60 $47.00 $59.37
Annual Wage (2) $43,640 $57,940 $76,140 $97,760 $123,490


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 126,630 7.48 $39.21 $81,560
Software Publishers 20,630 7.13 $47.59 $98,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises 14,160 0.66 $38.25 $79,570
Employment Services 11,970 0.37 $39.66 $82,490
Insurance Carriers 7,770 0.66 $37.33 $77,650

Industries with the highest concentration 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 126,630 7.48 $39.21 $81,560
Software Publishers 20,630 7.13 $47.59 $98,980
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 7,500 2.85 $36.74 $76,420
Other Information Services 2,700 1.44 $39.18 $81,490
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 210 1.21 $50.96 $105,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 80 0.02 $52.82 $109,860
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 210 1.21 $50.96 $105,990
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,190 0.49 $50.88 $105,840
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 100 0.25 $47.95 $99,740
Support Activities for Mining 140 0.04 $47.60 $99,010


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 38,750 2.63 1.12 $43.01 $89,450
Texas 23,040 2.11 0.90 $38.46 $79,990
New York 22,020 2.55 1.08 $40.24 $83,700
Illinois 20,620 3.61 1.53 $35.87 $74,620
Washington 15,640 5.53 2.35 $53.52 $111,320




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 15,640 5.53 2.35 $53.52 $111,320
Utah 4,940 3.98 1.69 $36.68 $76,290
Illinois 20,620 3.61 1.53 $35.87 $74,620
New Jersey 13,710 3.59 1.52 $43.21 $89,880
Missouri 8,560 3.24 1.38 $34.38 $71,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 15,640 5.53 2.35 $53.52 $111,320
New Mexico 1,370 1.75 0.74 $46.24 $96,190
Maryland 6,980 2.75 1.17 $45.24 $94,100
District of Columbia 1,350 2.03 0.86 $44.09 $91,700
Colorado 4,040 1.76 0.75 $43.51 $90,500





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 16,480 4.45 1.89 $36.41 $75,720
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,810 3.02 1.28 $43.75 $91,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 14,050 9.69 4.12 $55.54 $115,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,990 4.18 1.78 $38.38 $79,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,850 3.84 1.63 $45.14 $93,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,300 2.09 0.89 $44.05 $91,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,770 3.28 1.39 $39.90 $82,980
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,960 3.78 1.61 $38.63 $80,340
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,620 7.12 3.02 $45.14 $93,900
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 6,070 5.80 2.46 $47.86 $99,550