Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
316,790 1.2 % $37.63 $78,260 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.60 $27.13 $35.71 $45.26 $56.68
Annual Wage (2) $42,850 $56,440 $74,280 $94,130 $117,890


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 122,790 7.69 $38.41 $79,900
Software Publishers 17,620 6.20 $40.26 $83,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises 14,060 0.70 $37.07 $77,100
Employment Services 12,660 0.41 $36.49 $75,900
Insurance Carriers 9,210 0.80 $36.78 $76,490

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 122,790 7.69 $38.41 $79,900
Software Publishers 17,620 6.20 $40.26 $83,740
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 8,460 3.38 $35.94 $74,760
Other Information Services 2,970 1.75 $40.02 $83,250
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 250 1.53 $43.66 $90,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 70 0.02 $54.69 $113,760
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,170 0.48 $48.43 $100,740
Other Investment Pools and Funds 60 0.16 $47.67 $99,150
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 50 0.13 $46.06 $95,800
Other Financial Investment Activities 1,080 0.30 $45.63 $94,910


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 41,540 2.90 1.19 $41.90 $87,160
New York 24,030 2.81 1.16 $38.87 $80,850
Texas 23,300 2.20 0.91 $37.78 $78,590
Illinois 20,300 3.60 1.48 $36.67 $76,270
Florida 17,050 2.34 0.96 $35.66 $74,180




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)
Washington 12,460 4.51 1.85 $44.90 $93,380
Utah 5,120 4.26 1.75 $35.43 $73,690
Delaware 1,520 3.73 1.54 $39.88 $82,950
Illinois 20,300 3.60 1.48 $36.67 $76,270
New Jersey 12,170 3.21 1.32 $41.85 $87,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 12,460 4.51 1.85 $44.90 $93,380
District of Columbia 1,730 2.65 1.09 $43.73 $90,960
Colorado 4,090 1.84 0.76 $42.80 $89,030
Maryland 7,390 2.94 1.21 $42.11 $87,600
California 41,540 2.90 1.19 $41.90 $87,160





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 16,470 3.19 1.31 $41.55 $86,410
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 16,340 4.49 1.85 $37.48 $77,970
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 11,020 7.82 3.21 $46.13 $95,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,520 4.21 1.73 $43.22 $89,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,350 2.42 0.99 $40.11 $83,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,950 3.82 1.57 $38.84 $80,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,550 4.08 1.68 $37.59 $78,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 7,300 8.12 3.34 $46.83 $97,400
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,060 3.32 1.37 $37.79 $78,600
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 5,390 5.39 2.22 $48.29 $100,450