Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
373,510 2.0 % $50.23 $104,480 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.35 $38.42 $48.75 $61.00 $72.48
Annual Wage (2) $63,140 $79,900 $101,410 $126,880 $150,760


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 126,920 7.50 $50.71 $105,480
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 19,380 12.55 $53.89 $112,080
Software Publishers 18,750 6.48 $51.28 $106,660
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 16,890 1.27 $50.71 $105,480
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 16,600 4.20 $51.42 $106,950

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 19,380 12.55 $53.89 $112,080
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 126,920 7.50 $50.71 $105,480
Software Publishers 18,750 6.48 $51.28 $106,660
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 5,600 5.39 $54.25 $112,850
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 16,600 4.20 $51.42 $106,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 3,730 1.98 $57.93 $120,490
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 110 1.71 $55.15 $114,710
Other Financial Investment Activities 2,610 0.65 $54.93 $114,260
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 5,600 5.39 $54.25 $112,850
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing (8) (8) $54.14 $112,620


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 78,990 5.37 1.91 $57.30 $119,180
Texas 34,500 3.16 1.12 $47.85 $99,530
Massachusetts 28,450 8.73 3.10 $54.45 $113,250
Virginia 28,150 7.75 2.75 $54.54 $113,450
New York 17,160 1.99 0.71 $48.72 $101,330




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 28,450 8.73 3.10 $54.45 $113,250
Virginia 28,150 7.75 2.75 $54.54 $113,450
Maryland 13,930 5.50 1.95 $53.77 $111,840
California 78,990 5.37 1.91 $57.30 $119,180
Colorado 10,970 4.78 1.70 $48.90 $101,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 78,990 5.37 1.91 $57.30 $119,180
New Jersey 8,310 2.17 0.77 $55.11 $114,630
Virginia 28,150 7.75 2.75 $54.54 $113,450
Massachusetts 28,450 8.73 3.10 $54.45 $113,250
New Hampshire 1,630 2.62 0.93 $54.30 $112,930





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 26,230 11.08 3.93 $55.04 $114,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 23,810 25.60 9.09 $63.48 $132,030
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 19,550 11.18 3.97 $54.96 $114,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 13,030 3.28 1.16 $56.33 $117,160
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 12,960 6.03 2.14 $46.93 $97,600
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 11,650 11.14 3.95 $56.36 $117,240
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,250 3.04 1.08 $45.95 $95,570
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,580 2.02 0.72 $53.06 $110,360
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,080 3.65 1.30 $48.67 $101,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,800 4.25 1.51 $47.51 $98,830




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)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 4,340 26.98 9.58 $51.59 $107,300
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 23,810 25.60 9.09 $63.48 $132,030
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,500 12.82 4.55 $56.16 $116,800
Huntsville, AL 2,580 12.26 4.35 $49.83 $103,650
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 19,550 11.18 3.97 $54.96 $114,310
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 11,650 11.14 3.95 $56.36 $117,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 26,230 11.08 3.93 $55.04 $114,470
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 3,000 10.84 3.85 $50.13 $104,280
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 1,460 10.65 3.78 $51.80 $107,750
Kokomo, IN 420 10.37 3.68 $47.98 $99,800