Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
390,750 1.4 % $52.29 $108,760 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.06 $39.62 $50.76 $63.30 $76.85
Annual Wage (2) $64,600 $82,410 $105,570 $131,670 $159,850


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 130,630 6.93 $51.78 $107,710
Software Publishers 23,000 7.04 $52.62 $109,440
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 22,370 14.11 $60.95 $126,770
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 17,010 1.22 $53.61 $111,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises 16,200 0.72 $51.36 $106,830

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 22,370 14.11 $60.95 $126,770
Software Publishers 23,000 7.04 $52.62 $109,440
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 130,630 6.93 $51.78 $107,710
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 4,360 4.90 $52.78 $109,790
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 12,890 4.43 $46.78 $97,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Exchanges (8) (8) $62.01 $128,980
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,300 0.51 $61.55 $128,020
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 22,370 14.11 $60.95 $126,770
Other Financial Investment Activities 3,090 0.70 $60.21 $125,240
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 12,360 2.53 $57.70 $120,010


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 82,370 5.32 1.88 $60.85 $126,560
Texas 35,590 3.08 1.09 $50.09 $104,180
Virginia 26,550 7.21 2.54 $54.81 $114,000
Massachusetts 26,420 7.78 2.74 $54.53 $113,410
New York 18,390 2.05 0.72 $53.07 $110,380



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 26,420 7.78 2.74 $54.53 $113,410
Virginia 26,550 7.21 2.54 $54.81 $114,000
Maryland 15,430 5.94 2.10 $57.19 $118,950
California 82,370 5.32 1.88 $60.85 $126,560
Colorado 12,910 5.27 1.86 $52.88 $110,000



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 82,370 5.32 1.88 $60.85 $126,560
New Hampshire 1,460 2.30 0.81 $57.74 $120,090
Maryland 15,430 5.94 2.10 $57.19 $118,950
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $55.29 $115,000
New Jersey 9,880 2.53 0.89 $54.91 $114,220




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 27,260 26.94 9.51 $68.73 $142,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 23,970 9.92 3.50 $56.19 $116,880
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 17,970 10.20 3.60 $55.19 $114,780
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,470 2.39 0.84 $55.48 $115,400
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 12,430 5.33 1.88 $48.65 $101,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,330 4.57 1.61 $46.59 $96,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,790 2.63 0.93 $55.75 $115,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 10,490 6.83 2.41 $55.99 $116,460
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 9,850 9.65 3.41 $62.79 $130,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,770 2.99 1.06 $51.09 $106,270



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 27,260 26.94 9.51 $68.73 $142,950
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,830 22.20 7.84 $52.39 $108,960
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 2,230 15.11 5.33 $60.59 $126,020
Huntsville, AL 2,320 10.88 3.84 $53.16 $110,580
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 2,060 10.48 3.70 $47.78 $99,390
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 17,970 10.20 3.60 $55.19 $114,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 23,970 9.92 3.50 $56.19 $116,880
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 9,850 9.65 3.41 $62.79 $130,610
California-Lexington Park, MD 410 9.35 3.30 $50.37 $104,760
Boulder, CO 1,530 8.92 3.15 $56.30 $117,110