|Quick Facts: Computer Programmers|
$89,190 per year
$42.88 per hour
Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.
Programmers usually work in offices, most commonly in the computer systems design and related services industry.
Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.
The median annual wage for computer programmers was $89,190 in May 2020.
Employment of computer programmers is projected to decline 10 percent from 2020 to 2030.
Despite declining employment, about 9,700 openings for computer programmers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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