Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
643,830 1.6 % $46.28 $96,260 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.81 $34.75 $44.55 $56.07 $69.01
Annual Wage (2) $55,770 $72,290 $92,660 $116,630 $143,540


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 222,110 13.12 $45.25 $94,120
Software Publishers 61,750 21.34 $51.32 $106,750
Management of Companies and Enterprises 33,000 1.55 $45.22 $94,060
Insurance Carriers 23,970 2.04 $43.29 $90,040
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 23,250 2.01 $45.59 $94,820

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 61,750 21.34 $51.32 $106,750
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 222,110 13.12 $45.25 $94,120
Other Information Services 22,300 11.85 $59.25 $123,240
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 12,350 8.00 $52.06 $108,290
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 17,600 6.68 $44.60 $92,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 22,300 11.85 $59.25 $123,240
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 7,940 1.79 $56.00 $116,490
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 170 0.16 $55.44 $115,320
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.10 $54.10 $112,520
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 12,350 8.00 $52.06 $108,290


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 95,510 6.49 1.34 $53.93 $112,180
Washington 52,000 18.39 3.79 $53.55 $111,380
Texas 43,540 3.99 0.82 $45.53 $94,700
New York 39,630 4.59 0.95 $49.71 $103,390
Virginia 37,990 10.46 2.15 $49.85 $103,680




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 52,000 18.39 3.79 $53.55 $111,380
Virginia 37,990 10.46 2.15 $49.85 $103,680
Colorado 21,920 9.55 1.97 $45.64 $94,940
New Jersey 35,070 9.18 1.89 $47.69 $99,190
Massachusetts 25,130 7.71 1.59 $49.64 $103,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 95,510 6.49 1.34 $53.93 $112,180
Washington 52,000 18.39 3.79 $53.55 $111,380
Maryland 12,240 4.83 0.99 $52.96 $110,160
Virginia 37,990 10.46 2.15 $49.85 $103,680
New York 39,630 4.59 0.95 $49.71 $103,390





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 48,440 33.41 6.88 $54.32 $112,990
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 36,140 6.89 1.42 $52.29 $108,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 32,410 13.69 2.82 $51.78 $107,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 28,980 31.15 6.42 $63.11 $131,270
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 21,170 5.72 1.18 $40.82 $84,900
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 19,340 11.06 2.28 $50.75 $105,570
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 15,700 7.30 1.50 $45.71 $95,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,660 3.94 0.81 $47.98 $99,800
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 15,220 14.55 3.00 $55.00 $114,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 14,590 6.32 1.30 $42.76 $88,940




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 48,440 33.41 6.88 $54.32 $112,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 28,980 31.15 6.42 $63.11 $131,270
Boulder, CO 3,660 22.46 4.62 $48.51 $100,900
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 15,220 14.55 3.00 $55.00 $114,400
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 3,930 14.21 2.93 $46.62 $96,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 32,410 13.69 2.82 $51.78 $107,710
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 2,170 13.48 2.78 $47.68 $99,180
Raleigh-Cary, NC 7,170 13.43 2.77 $46.73 $97,190
Portsmouth, NH-ME 740 13.09 2.70 $41.27 $85,840
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 2,810 13.03 2.68 $45.45 $94,530