Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
271,200 1.7 % $40.95 $85,180 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.91 $29.38 $38.39 $49.85 $62.67
Annual Wage (2) $45,570 $61,100 $79,840 $103,690 $130,360


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 110,340 5.60 $41.19 $85,680
Software Publishers 18,530 5.44 $46.60 $96,940
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13,520 0.59 $40.01 $83,210
Employment Services 8,170 0.23 $43.81 $91,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 7,710 0.26 $33.83 $70,360

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 110,340 5.60 $41.19 $85,680
Software Publishers 18,530 5.44 $46.60 $96,940
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 6,930 2.34 $39.85 $82,890
Other Information Services 3,270 1.28 $44.06 $91,640
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 160 1.04 $42.92 $89,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 1,800 0.40 $55.64 $115,720
Other Financial Investment Activities 1,110 0.24 $54.19 $112,720
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 30 0.01 $53.16 $110,580
Natural Gas Distribution 600 0.53 $49.92 $103,830
Automobile Dealers 30 (7) $48.15 $100,150


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 37,570 2.35 1.22 $44.41 $92,380
Texas 20,430 1.74 0.90 $40.97 $85,210
New York 17,790 1.96 1.01 $42.56 $88,520
Illinois 13,350 2.26 1.17 $40.07 $83,350
New Jersey 13,080 3.31 1.71 $40.91 $85,100




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)
Connecticut 5,850 3.51 1.82 $39.53 $82,210
Alabama 6,590 3.45 1.78 $40.12 $83,450
Washington 10,280 3.35 1.73 $55.85 $116,170
New Jersey 13,080 3.31 1.71 $40.91 $85,100
Utah 4,210 3.06 1.58 $37.60 $78,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 10,280 3.35 1.73 $55.85 $116,170
District of Columbia 1,370 1.95 1.01 $46.19 $96,070
Colorado 2,930 1.17 0.60 $46.03 $95,730
Massachusetts 6,880 1.99 1.03 $45.92 $95,510
Virginia 8,780 2.33 1.21 $45.52 $94,680





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 16,710 2.54 1.31 $44.89 $93,380
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 9,850 2.71 1.40 $40.62 $84,490
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 9,160 5.77 2.98 $57.69 $120,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,930 3.18 1.65 $47.66 $99,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,680 1.82 0.94 $42.84 $89,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,480 2.93 1.52 $42.95 $89,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,260 2.99 1.55 $43.58 $90,640
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 6,230 5.84 3.02 $52.43 $109,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,130 5.86 3.04 $46.48 $96,680
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,740 3.00 1.55 $42.53 $88,460