Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software

Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.


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)
382,400 1.6 % $50.98 $106,050 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.41 $38.72 $49.46 $61.80 $74.42
Annual Wage (2) $63,250 $80,530 $102,880 $128,540 $154,800


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 128,550 7.28 $50.37 $104,780
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 21,690 13.75 $60.16 $125,140
Software Publishers 21,100 6.94 $51.06 $106,210
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 15,750 4.07 $53.21 $110,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises 15,420 0.70 $48.49 $100,870

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 and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 21,690 13.75 $60.16 $125,140
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 128,550 7.28 $50.37 $104,780
Software Publishers 21,100 6.94 $51.06 $106,210
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 4,650 4.99 $52.87 $109,970
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 15,750 4.07 $53.21 $110,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (8) (8) $74.62 $155,210
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 21,690 13.75 $60.16 $125,140
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,190 0.49 $59.38 $123,500
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 120 1.87 $59.26 $123,260
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 13,240 2.69 $56.61 $117,740


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 82,450 5.45 1.93 $59.65 $124,070
Texas 38,060 3.39 1.20 $48.67 $101,230
Massachusetts 26,920 8.10 2.86 $54.98 $114,350
Virginia 26,310 7.21 2.55 $52.52 $109,240
New York 16,300 1.85 0.65 $50.05 $104,100



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)
Massachusetts 26,920 8.10 2.86 $54.98 $114,350
Virginia 26,310 7.21 2.55 $52.52 $109,240
Maryland 14,540 5.69 2.01 $54.60 $113,570
California 82,450 5.45 1.93 $59.65 $124,070
Colorado 11,190 4.73 1.67 $51.04 $106,170



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 82,450 5.45 1.93 $59.65 $124,070
Massachusetts 26,920 8.10 2.86 $54.98 $114,350
New Jersey 9,620 2.49 0.88 $54.63 $113,620
Washington 9,780 3.37 1.19 $54.62 $113,610
Vermont 530 1.75 0.62 $54.62 $113,610




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 27,080 27.82 9.83 $66.54 $138,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 24,720 10.39 3.67 $53.26 $110,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 18,600 10.36 3.66 $55.90 $116,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 13,280 5.93 2.10 $47.63 $99,060
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 11,360 10.45 3.69 $57.89 $120,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,190 2.76 0.97 $58.03 $120,690
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,140 2.07 0.73 $54.66 $113,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,670 3.75 1.33 $51.00 $106,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,160 4.26 1.50 $46.31 $96,320
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 8,730 5.85 2.07 $55.67 $115,800



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 27,080 27.82 9.83 $66.54 $138,410
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 4,470 27.57 9.74 $53.48 $111,240
Huntsville, AL 2,670 12.80 4.52 $51.10 $106,280
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,380 11.62 4.11 $56.70 $117,930
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 1,590 11.36 4.02 $51.64 $107,420
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 11,360 10.45 3.69 $57.89 $120,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 24,720 10.39 3.67 $53.26 $110,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 18,600 10.36 3.66 $55.90 $116,270
Pittsfield, MA 330 9.75 3.44 $42.45 $88,300
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 2,680 9.44 3.33 $53.69 $111,670