Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
409,820 1.3 % $53.17 $110,590 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.08 $40.03 $51.38 $64.41 $78.47
Annual Wage (2) $64,650 $83,270 $106,860 $133,970 $163,220


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 131,680 6.68 $52.51 $109,230
Software Publishers 23,400 6.86 $52.07 $108,310
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 23,020 13.68 $63.28 $131,630
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 17,720 1.27 $55.81 $116,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 17,580 0.76 $52.34 $108,870

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 23,020 13.68 $63.28 $131,630
Software Publishers 23,400 6.86 $52.07 $108,310
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 131,680 6.68 $52.51 $109,230
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 5,460 6.25 $53.84 $111,990
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 220 4.93 $62.01 $128,970

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) $65.23 $135,680
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 23,020 13.68 $63.28 $131,630
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,110 0.47 $62.57 $130,150
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 220 4.93 $62.01 $128,970
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 670 0.14 $58.59 $121,860


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 90,290 5.65 1.94 $61.92 $128,800
Texas 30,850 2.63 0.90 $51.10 $106,280
Massachusetts 27,630 7.99 2.74 $54.97 $114,330
Virginia 24,950 6.63 2.27 $56.41 $117,330
New York 19,020 2.09 0.72 $53.71 $111,720




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 27,630 7.99 2.74 $54.97 $114,330
Virginia 24,950 6.63 2.27 $56.41 $117,330
Maryland 15,640 5.92 2.03 $56.78 $118,090
California 90,290 5.65 1.94 $61.92 $128,800
Colorado 13,650 5.44 1.87 $58.11 $120,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 90,290 5.65 1.94 $61.92 $128,800
Colorado 13,650 5.44 1.87 $58.11 $120,860
Maryland 15,640 5.92 2.03 $56.78 $118,090
Virginia 24,950 6.63 2.27 $56.41 $117,330
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $56.13 $116,750





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 28,670 27.42 9.39 $70.50 $146,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 22,850 9.17 3.14 $57.78 $120,190
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 18,450 10.23 3.51 $55.23 $114,870
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 16,980 2.58 0.88 $55.89 $116,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 13,580 3.22 1.10 $56.36 $117,230
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 12,200 11.43 3.92 $65.38 $135,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 12,170 7.66 2.62 $56.25 $117,000
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,830 4.63 1.59 $47.25 $98,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,190 4.19 1.44 $49.94 $103,870
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 9,930 2.73 0.94 $49.82 $103,620




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 28,670 27.42 9.39 $70.50 $146,630
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 3,260 21.53 7.38 $60.52 $125,880
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,760 21.53 7.38 $52.74 $109,700
California-Lexington Park, MD 540 12.36 4.23 $48.75 $101,410
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 12,200 11.43 3.92 $65.38 $135,990
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 2,230 11.12 3.81 $53.37 $111,010
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 18,450 10.23 3.51 $55.23 $114,870
Huntsville, AL 2,180 10.00 3.43 $51.96 $108,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 22,850 9.17 3.14 $57.78 $120,190
Boulder, CO 1,600 9.10 3.12 $55.55 $115,540