Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
391,700 1.8 % $49.30 $102,550 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.19 $37.95 $47.59 $59.40 $71.56
Annual Wage (2) $62,800 $78,930 $99,000 $123,560 $148,850


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 125,250 7.84 $49.65 $103,280
Software Publishers 26,630 9.38 $50.46 $104,960
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 22,950 5.67 $51.12 $106,330
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 20,030 12.77 $51.33 $106,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 17,840 1.37 $50.13 $104,270

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 20,030 12.77 $51.33 $106,760
Software Publishers 26,630 9.38 $50.46 $104,960
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 125,250 7.84 $49.65 $103,280
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 6,670 5.98 $53.84 $111,990
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 22,950 5.67 $51.12 $106,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 3,410 2.01 $56.75 $118,040
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 1,780 1.09 $55.19 $114,790
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 6,670 5.98 $53.84 $111,990
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 50 0.03 $53.66 $111,620
Satellite Telecommunications 140 1.19 $53.34 $110,940


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 80,130 5.60 1.86 $55.50 $115,440
Texas 32,660 3.09 1.03 $47.80 $99,420
Virginia 30,680 8.53 2.84 $54.34 $113,020
Massachusetts 29,220 9.12 3.03 $53.17 $110,600
New York 17,630 2.06 0.69 $46.97 $97,700




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 29,220 9.12 3.03 $53.17 $110,600
Virginia 30,680 8.53 2.84 $54.34 $113,020
California 80,130 5.60 1.86 $55.50 $115,440
Maryland 13,250 5.28 1.76 $52.39 $108,970
Washington 14,500 5.25 1.74 $50.63 $105,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 80,130 5.60 1.86 $55.50 $115,440
Virginia 30,680 8.53 2.84 $54.34 $113,020
New Jersey 9,520 2.51 0.83 $53.30 $110,860
Massachusetts 29,220 9.12 3.03 $53.17 $110,600
Maryland 13,250 5.28 1.76 $52.39 $108,970





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 28,600 12.20 4.06 $54.88 $114,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,790 27.58 9.17 $61.13 $127,150
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 19,430 11.35 3.78 $53.93 $112,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 13,670 9.70 3.22 $51.01 $106,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 13,280 3.43 1.14 $54.80 $113,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 12,140 5.79 1.93 $48.01 $99,860
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,760 3.23 1.07 $44.27 $92,090
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,360 2.20 0.73 $51.66 $107,440
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,970 10.96 3.65 $53.21 $110,670
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,300 4.11 1.37 $46.63 $96,990




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)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 4,460 28.36 9.43 $49.35 $102,640
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,790 27.58 9.17 $61.13 $127,150
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 2,720 23.28 7.74 $53.13 $110,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 28,600 12.20 4.06 $54.88 $114,150
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 19,430 11.35 3.78 $53.93 $112,170
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,970 10.96 3.65 $53.21 $110,670
Boulder, CO 1,700 10.66 3.55 $52.82 $109,870
Huntsville, AL 2,140 10.50 3.49 $48.79 $101,480
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 1,370 10.31 3.43 $49.35 $102,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 13,670 9.70 3.22 $51.01 $106,090