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Software developers was the largest computer and mathematical occupation in May 2022

April 27, 2023

There were 5.0 million computer and mathematical jobs in May 2022, representing 3.4 percent of U.S. employment. The largest computer and mathematical occupations were software developers (1.5 million), computer user support specialists (696,830), and computer systems analysts (505,210). The smallest occupations in this group were mathematicians (2,070); mathematical science occupations, all other (3,840); and actuaries (25,010).

Employment for computer and mathematical occupations, May 2022
OccupationEmployment

Software developers

1,534,790

Computer user support specialists

696,830

Computer systems analysts

505,210

Computer occupations, all other

416,320

Network and computer systems administrators

325,930

Software quality assurance analysts and testers

196,420

Computer network architects

173,920

Computer network support specialists

168,920

Information security analysts

163,690

Data scientists

159,630

Computer programmers

132,740

Operations research analysts

105,080

Web and digital interface designers

97,350

Web developers

88,620

Database administrators

80,520

Database architects

62,470

Computer and information research scientists

33,780

Statisticians

30,780

Actuaries

25,010

Mathematical science occupations, all other

3,840

Mathematicians

2,070

Twenty out of 21 computer and mathematical occupations had annual mean wages above the U.S. average of $61,900. Computer user support specialists ($61,580) was the only occupation in this group that did not have an above-average wage. After computer user support specialists, the lowest paying computer and mathematical occupation was computer network support specialists ($76,060).

Annual mean wages for computer and mathematical occupations, May 2022
Occupation Annual mean wage

Computer and information research scientists

155,880

Database architects

136,540

Software developers

132,930

Computer network architects

129,490

Actuaries

127,580

Information security analysts

119,860

Data scientists

115,240

Mathematicians

113,860

All computer and mathematical occupations

108,130

Computer systems analysts

107,530

Software quality assurance analysts and testers

105,750

Statisticians

105,510

Computer occupations, all other

104,660

Computer programmers

102,790

Database administrators

102,530

Web and digital interface designers

101,740

Network and computer systems administrators

97,160

Operations research analysts

95,820

Web developers

87,580

Mathematical science occupations, all other

82,160

Computer network support specialists

76,060

All occupations

61,900

Computer user support specialists

61,580

The highest paying computer and mathematical occupations were computer and information research scientists ($155,880), database architects ($136,540), and software developers ($132,930). The annual mean wage for all computer and mathematical occupations combined was $108,130.

These data are from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program. To learn more, see "Occupational Employment and Wages — 2022." Also see the May 2022 national occupational employment and wage estimates.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Software developers was the largest computer and mathematical occupation in May 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/software-developers-was-the-largest-computer-and-mathematical-occupation-in-may-2022.htm (visited October 03, 2023).

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