Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Occupational Employment Statistics
PRINT:Print
OES OES Program Links

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

15-1256 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

This occupation includes the the 2018 SOC occupations 15-1252 Software Developers and 15-1253 Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers and the 2010 SOC occupations 15-1132 Software Developers, Applications and 15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software.


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)
1,406,870 0.8 % $53.66 $111,620 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.88 $39.63 $51.69 $65.54 $79.13
Annual Wage (2) $64,240 $82,430 $107,510 $136,320 $164,590


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 472,180 21.72 $52.52 $109,240
Software Publishers 122,320 28.33 $57.81 $120,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises 69,940 2.84 $52.35 $108,880
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 48,050 14.29 $52.83 $109,890
Other Information Services 40,670 12.53 $60.52 $125,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 122,320 28.33 $57.81 $120,250
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 35,780 22.54 $63.34 $131,750
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 472,180 21.72 $52.52 $109,240
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 48,050 14.29 $52.83 $109,890
Other Information Services 40,670 12.53 $60.52 $125,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 70 0.14 $101.64 $211,400
Support Activities for Water Transportation 50 0.05 $63.88 $132,870
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 35,780 22.54 $63.34 $131,750
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 2,120 3.99 $62.50 $130,010
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 26,450 2.81 $61.58 $128,090


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 249,620 14.36 1.50 $64.60 $134,370
Texas 109,510 8.81 0.92 $51.89 $107,940
New York 78,890 8.28 0.86 $57.48 $119,570
Washington 77,650 23.40 2.44 $63.40 $131,870
Virginia 73,310 18.90 1.97 $55.02 $114,440




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 77,650 23.40 2.44 $63.40 $131,870
Virginia 73,310 18.90 1.97 $55.02 $114,440
Colorado 44,510 16.62 1.73 $53.62 $111,540
Massachusetts 55,710 15.39 1.61 $55.42 $115,270
California 249,620 14.36 1.50 $64.60 $134,370




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 249,620 14.36 1.50 $64.60 $134,370
Washington 77,650 23.40 2.44 $63.40 $131,870
New York 78,890 8.28 0.86 $57.48 $119,570
District of Columbia 5,880 8.12 0.85 $57.01 $118,580
Maryland 29,710 11.00 1.15 $55.81 $116,080





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 100,470 10.41 1.09 $58.76 $122,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 81,950 71.83 7.50 $70.06 $145,730
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 71,940 35.60 3.72 $64.47 $134,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70,780 22.26 2.32 $56.79 $118,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 65,790 26.61 2.78 $69.83 $145,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 56,260 9.02 0.94 $58.25 $121,150
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 55,260 19.75 2.06 $55.74 $115,940
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 51,370 14.05 1.47 $53.05 $110,340
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 46,970 10.04 1.05 $50.30 $104,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40,400 14.73 1.54 $49.75 $103,490