Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
302,150 1.4 % $39.75 $82,690 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.22 $28.46 $37.28 $48.28 $61.36
Annual Wage (2) $44,140 $59,200 $77,550 $100,410 $127,640


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 125,280 7.09 $39.95 $83,100
Software Publishers 21,550 7.09 $48.86 $101,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 14,280 0.65 $38.81 $80,720
Employment Services 10,900 0.32 $42.12 $87,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 7,780 0.26 $32.56 $67,720

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 125,280 7.09 $39.95 $83,100
Software Publishers 21,550 7.09 $48.86 $101,640
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 6,510 2.37 $38.22 $79,500
Other Information Services 3,350 1.61 $39.69 $82,560
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 230 1.34 $51.88 $107,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,370 0.53 $52.57 $109,350
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 230 1.34 $51.88 $107,910
Software Publishers 21,550 7.09 $48.86 $101,640
Support Activities for Mining 150 0.04 $46.52 $96,750
Other Personal Services 430 0.15 $46.37 $96,450


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 37,990 2.51 1.12 $42.91 $89,250
Texas 23,060 2.05 0.92 $38.85 $80,810
New York 20,020 2.27 1.02 $41.32 $85,950
Illinois 19,380 3.36 1.50 $35.61 $74,060
New Jersey 16,340 4.22 1.89 $41.50 $86,320



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 13,670 4.72 2.11 $55.49 $115,430
New Jersey 16,340 4.22 1.89 $41.50 $86,320
Illinois 19,380 3.36 1.50 $35.61 $74,060
Nebraska 3,120 3.31 1.48 $36.65 $76,230
Utah 4,060 3.17 1.42 $37.73 $78,470



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 13,670 4.72 2.11 $55.49 $115,430
New Mexico 1,380 1.75 0.78 $46.40 $96,510
Colorado 4,160 1.76 0.79 $44.26 $92,070
District of Columbia 1,470 2.18 0.97 $43.10 $89,650
California 37,990 2.51 1.12 $42.91 $89,250




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 15,880 2.95 1.32 $43.94 $91,390
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 15,110 4.03 1.80 $35.72 $74,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 12,280 8.23 3.68 $57.58 $119,760
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,910 3.98 1.78 $39.61 $82,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,430 3.53 1.58 $47.23 $98,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,020 1.98 0.88 $43.18 $89,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,970 3.35 1.50 $44.45 $92,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,800 3.65 1.63 $41.28 $85,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,780 6.97 3.12 $45.20 $94,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,990 3.28 1.47 $38.76 $80,630