Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
849,230 1.3 % $51.30 $106,710 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.79 $37.36 $48.94 $62.00 $76.97
Annual Wage (2) $59,870 $77,710 $101,790 $128,960 $160,100


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 303,320 15.06 $50.57 $105,190
Software Publishers 85,160 23.19 $56.13 $116,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises 43,900 1.89 $49.35 $102,640
Other Information Services 35,500 12.83 $58.72 $122,140
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 29,520 9.61 $52.38 $108,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 85,160 23.19 $56.13 $116,740
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 303,320 15.06 $50.57 $105,190
Other Information Services 35,500 12.83 $58.72 $122,140
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 18,080 11.24 $60.62 $126,080
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 29,520 9.61 $52.38 $108,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 18,080 11.24 $60.62 $126,080
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 14,280 1.56 $59.50 $123,760
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 8,660 1.81 $59.21 $123,160
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 730 4.04 $59.10 $122,920
Other Information Services 35,500 12.83 $58.72 $122,140


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 141,870 8.50 1.43 $60.80 $126,470
Texas 67,850 5.71 0.96 $51.58 $107,280
Washington 51,540 16.17 2.71 $63.19 $131,430
New York 49,190 5.34 0.90 $55.55 $115,530
New Jersey 43,760 10.92 1.83 $51.46 $107,040




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 51,540 16.17 2.71 $63.19 $131,430
New Jersey 43,760 10.92 1.83 $51.46 $107,040
Colorado 27,210 10.65 1.79 $50.30 $104,620
Delaware 4,640 10.48 1.76 $49.16 $102,250
Virginia 35,960 9.49 1.59 $53.37 $111,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 51,540 16.17 2.71 $63.19 $131,430
California 141,870 8.50 1.43 $60.80 $126,470
District of Columbia 2,400 3.39 0.57 $55.72 $115,900
New York 49,190 5.34 0.90 $55.55 $115,530
Maryland 12,710 4.77 0.80 $53.94 $112,190



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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 57,910 8.65 1.45 $56.55 $117,620
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 48,750 44.77 7.51 $63.55 $132,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 47,920 29.09 4.88 $64.33 $133,810
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 30,120 26.98 4.53 $70.96 $147,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 28,820 11.44 1.92 $55.28 $114,990
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 26,100 10.48 1.76 $52.83 $109,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 23,870 9.11 1.53 $50.38 $104,780
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 20,880 5.70 0.96 $46.47 $96,660
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 20,290 11.03 1.85 $49.76 $103,490
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 17,030 11.80 1.98 $49.70 $103,370


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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 48,750 44.77 7.51 $63.55 $132,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 47,920 29.09 4.88 $64.33 $133,810
Boulder, CO 4,980 27.89 4.68 $50.32 $104,670
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 30,120 26.98 4.53 $70.96 $147,590
Trenton, NJ 4,350 18.94 3.18 $49.91 $103,820
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,170 18.33 3.08 $56.61 $117,750
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 2,310 17.46 2.93 $52.24 $108,670
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 4,280 14.33 2.40 $47.61 $99,030
Raleigh, NC 8,520 14.04 2.36 $48.54 $100,960
Austin-Round Rock, TX 13,680 13.73 2.30 $50.69 $105,430