Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

15-1131 Computer Programmers

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.


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)
333,620 1.1 % $36.01 $74,900 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.62 $25.93 $34.32 $43.95 $54.90
Annual Wage (2) $40,820 $53,940 $71,380 $91,420 $114,180


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 116,600 8.10 $36.40 $75,720
Software Publishers 16,420 6.47 $39.16 $81,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises 16,340 0.86 $35.99 $74,850
Employment Services 13,370 0.50 $34.64 $72,060
Insurance Carriers 11,060 0.93 $35.90 $74,670

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 Systems Design and Related Services 116,600 8.10 $36.40 $75,720
Software Publishers 16,420 6.47 $39.16 $81,440
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 9,430 3.93 $36.26 $75,420
Other Information Services 3,350 2.43 $38.04 $79,130
Other Telecommunications 1,810 1.55 $38.08 $79,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,920 1.22 $50.84 $105,750
Home Health Care Services 130 0.01 $46.03 $95,750
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,510 0.55 $45.84 $95,340
Other Financial Investment Activities 1,370 0.41 $44.73 $93,030
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 260 1.32 $43.32 $90,110


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 34,840 2.49 0.95 $40.61 $84,470
New York 31,110 3.73 1.42 $37.83 $78,680
Texas 27,620 2.74 1.04 $38.46 $79,990
Illinois 20,670 3.74 1.42 $35.68 $74,220
Florida 18,070 2.54 0.97 $31.30 $65,110




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)
Utah 4,890 4.26 1.62 $33.80 $70,300
New Jersey 15,620 4.14 1.58 $39.81 $82,800
Idaho 2,410 4.04 1.54 $25.49 $53,020
District of Columbia 2,490 3.89 1.48 $38.62 $80,330
Illinois 20,670 3.74 1.42 $35.68 $74,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 8,960 2.87 1.09 $43.57 $90,620
Washington 8,760 3.25 1.24 $43.31 $90,090
California 34,840 2.49 0.95 $40.61 $84,470
New Jersey 15,620 4.14 1.58 $39.81 $82,800
Vermont 440 1.53 0.58 $38.98 $81,090

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 21,550 4.33 1.65 $39.30 $81,730
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 15,250 4.30 1.64 $37.33 $77,650
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,250 4.62 1.76 $42.15 $87,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,090 3.97 1.51 $38.82 $80,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,170 2.14 0.82 $39.35 $81,850
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,610 5.65 2.15 $44.63 $92,840
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 6,930 4.18 1.59 $44.91 $93,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,840 3.11 1.18 $36.70 $76,330
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,300 2.52 0.96 $35.99 $74,860
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,910 3.28 1.25 $37.72 $78,450




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,330 12.10 4.61 $29.62 $61,610
Bloomington-Normal, IL 1,000 11.65 4.44 $32.92 $68,480
Jefferson City, MO 610 8.50 3.24 $23.86 $49,640
Huntsville, AL 1,690 8.34 3.18 $36.45 $75,810
Champaign-Urbana, IL 800 8.11 3.09 $25.57 $53,190
Provo-Orem, UT 1,320 7.84 2.99 $29.14 $60,600
Ithaca, NY 370 7.61 2.90 $33.69 $70,070
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 3,220 7.59 2.89 $31.99 $66,530
Durham, NC 1,820 6.82 2.60 $47.23 $98,240
Tallahassee, FL 980 6.18 2.35 $26.43 $54,980




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)
Rochester, MN 260 2.60 0.99 $57.14 $118,860
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 610 2.51 0.96 $55.62 $115,680
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,940 5.77 2.20 $51.22 $106,530
Durham, NC 1,820 6.82 2.60 $47.23 $98,240
Santa Fe, NM (8) (8) (8) $46.53 $96,790
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 130 1.70 0.65 $45.91 $95,490
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 430 3.80 1.45 $45.70 $95,060
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,620 3.81 1.45 $45.34 $94,310
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,370 3.54 1.35 $45.22 $94,050
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 6,930 4.18 1.59 $44.91 $93,410

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)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 460 2.74 1.05 $33.53 $69,730
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 350 1.62 0.62 $33.05 $68,750
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 300 0.80 0.30 $23.75 $49,400
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 280 2.46 0.94 $27.73 $57,680
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 270 2.19 0.83 $30.10 $62,600

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.80 1.45 $65.72 $136,700
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 140 3.41 1.30 $41.36 $86,040
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 460 2.74 1.05 $33.53 $69,730
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 280 2.46 0.94 $27.73 $57,680
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 2.29 0.87 $29.52 $61,410

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.80 1.45 $65.72 $136,700
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.07 0.41 $47.21 $98,190
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.63 0.24 $43.55 $90,590
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 1.02 0.39 $42.71 $88,840
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 140 3.41 1.30 $41.36 $86,040


About May 2010 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 mean 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:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011