Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
394,590 1.3 % $53.74 $111,780 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.57 $40.53 $51.73 $65.26 $78.92
Annual Wage (2) $65,670 $84,290 $107,600 $135,740 $164,150


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 123,240 6.12 $53.35 $110,970
Software Publishers 22,980 6.26 $53.90 $112,110
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 19,000 4.75 $57.86 $120,340
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 17,540 1.24 $56.94 $118,430
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 16,740 10.40 $56.39 $117,290

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 16,740 10.40 $56.39 $117,290
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 5,490 6.45 $54.45 $113,260
Software Publishers 22,980 6.26 $53.90 $112,110
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 123,240 6.12 $53.35 $110,970
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 19,000 4.75 $57.86 $120,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting (8) (8) $64.23 $133,600
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 150 0.27 $61.79 $128,530
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 6,380 1.77 $60.98 $126,840
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 200 1.12 $60.96 $126,790
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 750 0.15 $60.55 $125,950


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 82,630 4.95 1.79 $61.17 $127,230
Massachusetts 26,560 7.53 2.72 $55.24 $114,900
Texas 25,330 2.13 0.77 $53.38 $111,040
Virginia 24,650 6.50 2.35 $58.44 $121,560
New York 20,710 2.25 0.81 $55.53 $115,490




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 26,560 7.53 2.72 $55.24 $114,900
Virginia 24,650 6.50 2.35 $58.44 $121,560
Maryland 15,030 5.64 2.04 $56.89 $118,330
Colorado 13,260 5.19 1.87 $58.73 $122,170
California 82,630 4.95 1.79 $61.17 $127,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 82,630 4.95 1.79 $61.17 $127,230
New Hampshire 1,310 2.02 0.73 $59.04 $122,810
Colorado 13,260 5.19 1.87 $58.73 $122,170
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $58.68 $122,050
Virginia 24,650 6.50 2.35 $58.44 $121,560



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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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,070 22.10 7.99 $68.22 $141,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 22,780 9.04 3.27 $59.73 $124,230
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 17,320 9.42 3.40 $54.96 $114,320
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,530 2.32 0.84 $58.71 $122,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 14,610 3.30 1.19 $58.55 $121,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 13,080 7.94 2.87 $57.84 $120,310
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 11,600 3.17 1.14 $51.21 $106,510
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 11,200 10.03 3.62 $66.39 $138,080
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 10,500 4.01 1.45 $49.20 $102,350
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 8,560 5.93 2.14 $60.30 $125,420


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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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 3,560 22.88 8.27 $60.62 $126,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,070 22.10 7.99 $68.22 $141,890
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,330 19.28 6.97 $53.21 $110,680
California-Lexington Park, MD 750 16.52 5.97 $53.94 $112,190
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 2,420 11.69 4.22 $53.36 $111,000
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 11,200 10.03 3.62 $66.39 $138,080
Huntsville, AL 2,180 9.81 3.54 $53.05 $110,340
Boulder, CO 1,700 9.50 3.43 $57.01 $118,590
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 17,320 9.42 3.40 $54.96 $114,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 22,780 9.04 3.27 $59.73 $124,230


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,380 1.38 0.50 $69.39 $144,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,070 22.10 7.99 $68.22 $141,890
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 11,200 10.03 3.62 $66.39 $138,080
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 780 5.88 2.12 $65.23 $135,670
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 370 3.18 1.15 $63.63 $132,340
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 4,690 4.12 1.49 $62.66 $130,330
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $62.59 $130,180
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 3,870 6.62 2.39 $62.31 $129,600
Santa Rosa, CA 370 1.81 0.65 $61.90 $128,750
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 3,560 22.88 8.27 $60.62 $126,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 360 2.26 0.82 $43.50 $90,490
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 230 0.89 0.32 $44.03 $91,580
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 210 1.02 0.37 $38.87 $80,850
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.85 0.31 $32.81 $68,230
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 170 0.98 0.35 $41.65 $86,620

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 360 2.26 0.82 $43.50 $90,490
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.36 0.49 $49.76 $103,500
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.18 0.43 $36.18 $75,250
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 210 1.02 0.37 $38.87 $80,850
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 170 0.98 0.35 $41.65 $86,620

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $50.00 $104,010
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.42 0.15 $49.80 $103,580
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.36 0.49 $49.76 $103,500
Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.61 0.22 $49.01 $101,950
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 0.18 $48.74 $101,380


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018