Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
903,160 1.6 % $51.96 $108,080 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.64 $38.14 $49.82 $62.72 $77.54
Annual Wage (2) $61,660 $79,340 $103,620 $130,460 $161,290


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 320,220 15.29 $51.36 $106,830
Software Publishers 87,830 22.30 $56.38 $117,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 47,140 1.99 $51.09 $106,260
Other Information Services 35,070 11.86 $58.31 $121,290
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 33,920 10.64 $53.41 $111,100

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 87,830 22.30 $56.38 $117,270
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 320,220 15.29 $51.36 $106,830
Other Information Services 35,070 11.86 $58.31 $121,290
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 16,930 10.80 $62.72 $130,460
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 33,920 10.64 $53.41 $111,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) $130.36 $271,150
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 16,930 10.80 $62.72 $130,460
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 640 1.18 $60.34 $125,510
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 14,980 1.61 $60.12 $125,050
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 10,200 2.10 $59.35 $123,450


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 148,550 8.73 1.40 $61.51 $127,950
Texas 71,260 5.88 0.94 $52.29 $108,760
Washington 53,860 16.52 2.65 $63.36 $131,790
New York 52,640 5.61 0.90 $56.17 $116,830
New Jersey 46,930 11.59 1.86 $51.75 $107,640




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 53,860 16.52 2.65 $63.36 $131,790
Colorado 30,400 11.60 1.86 $51.31 $106,730
New Jersey 46,930 11.59 1.86 $51.75 $107,640
Delaware 4,790 10.69 1.71 $51.31 $106,730
New Hampshire 6,540 10.02 1.61 $53.24 $110,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 53,860 16.52 2.65 $63.36 $131,790
California 148,550 8.73 1.40 $61.51 $127,950
New York 52,640 5.61 0.90 $56.17 $116,830
Virginia 38,110 9.94 1.59 $54.66 $113,690
District of Columbia 2,520 3.54 0.57 $54.09 $112,510





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 78,380 8.25 1.32 $56.25 $117,010
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 50,940 25.67 4.11 $64.23 $133,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50,440 45.07 7.22 $63.33 $131,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 42,460 17.55 2.81 $69.25 $144,050
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 34,260 9.60 1.54 $53.37 $111,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 33,530 10.70 1.71 $56.47 $117,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 29,890 4.89 0.78 $55.24 $114,900
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 29,270 10.61 1.70 $53.00 $110,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 27,030 10.08 1.61 $51.18 $106,450
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 26,860 5.79 0.93 $47.01 $97,780