Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
794,000 1.3 % $50.14 $104,300 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.03 $36.62 $48.12 $61.03 $75.77
Annual Wage (2) $58,300 $76,170 $100,080 $126,940 $157,590


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 289,080 14.67 $49.46 $102,870
Software Publishers 82,450 24.19 $55.84 $116,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises 39,970 1.74 $48.40 $100,660
Other Information Services 35,970 14.07 $57.58 $119,760
Insurance Carriers 23,600 2.02 $45.67 $94,980

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 82,450 24.19 $55.84 $116,140
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 289,080 14.67 $49.46 $102,870
Other Information Services 35,970 14.07 $57.58 $119,760
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 23,520 7.95 $49.85 $103,680
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 11,340 6.74 $58.84 $122,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 560 2.98 $60.86 $126,590
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 7,990 1.78 $59.71 $124,190
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 60 1.37 $59.32 $123,390
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 11,340 6.74 $58.84 $122,380
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 9,340 1.90 $58.44 $121,560


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 129,180 8.09 1.43 $58.04 $120,710
Texas 60,550 5.16 0.91 $50.44 $104,910
New York 49,350 5.42 0.96 $54.38 $113,120
Washington 49,010 15.98 2.83 $62.23 $129,440
New Jersey 42,050 10.63 1.88 $48.77 $101,450




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 49,010 15.98 2.83 $62.23 $129,440
New Jersey 42,050 10.63 1.88 $48.77 $101,450
Colorado 25,450 10.15 1.79 $50.79 $105,640
Virginia 34,790 9.25 1.64 $52.90 $110,030
Massachusetts 31,150 9.00 1.59 $53.08 $110,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 49,010 15.98 2.83 $62.23 $129,440
California 129,180 8.09 1.43 $58.04 $120,710
Alaska 360 1.12 0.20 $57.27 $119,120
New York 49,350 5.42 0.96 $54.38 $113,120
District of Columbia 2,330 3.32 0.59 $53.86 $112,040





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 56,960 8.65 1.53 $54.82 $114,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 45,500 28.64 5.07 $63.50 $132,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 41,490 39.69 7.02 $63.95 $133,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 27,410 11.01 1.95 $54.69 $113,760
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 26,250 24.60 4.35 $58.86 $122,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 22,690 8.89 1.57 $49.85 $103,680
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 21,920 12.16 2.15 $51.87 $107,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 21,110 8.69 1.54 $51.83 $107,800
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 20,570 5.65 1.00 $47.80 $99,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 16,180 3.83 0.68 $51.63 $107,390