Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007

15-1031 Computer Software Engineers, Applications

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. Exclude "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
495,810 1.1 % $41.18 $85,660 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.04 $31.64 $39.97 $49.38 $60.22
Annual Wage (2) $52,090 $65,810 $83,130 $102,710 $125,260

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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 168,080 $41.40 $86,110
Software Publishers 35,940 $42.77 $88,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises 26,610 $40.93 $85,130
Insurance Carriers 17,590 $37.98 $79,000
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 15,360 $45.27 $94,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 60 $67.43 $140,250
Other Telecommunications (8) $49.68 $103,330
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 10,570 $48.60 $101,100
Rail Transportation (8) $46.65 $97,020
Other Financial Investment Activities 4,040 $46.52 $96,760

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 25,550 $41.74 $86,830 0.909%
Virginia 33,070 $42.83 $89,090 0.907%
Massachusetts 23,140 $45.95 $95,570 0.721%
District of Columbia 4,250 $38.57 $80,230 0.684%
New Hampshire 4,260 $41.21 $85,710 0.673%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 82,410 $46.07 $95,820 0.542%
Massachusetts 23,140 $45.95 $95,570 0.721%
Maryland 11,140 $44.73 $93,030 0.437%
Colorado 13,990 $43.30 $90,070 0.620%
New Jersey 23,590 $43.07 $89,590 0.593%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 20,260 $50.67 $105,400 2.226%
Olympia, WA 2,030 $30.97 $64,410 2.116%
Boulder, CO 2,720 $47.26 $98,310 1.693%
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 2,160 $41.57 $86,470 1.600%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 21,890 $43.29 $90,040 1.549%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 260 $51.09 $106,270 0.341%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 20,260 $50.67 $105,400 2.226%
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 2,180 $49.32 $102,580 1.393%
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,780 $48.87 $101,660 1.512%
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,520 $48.68 $101,250 1.062%

About May 2007 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files (XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2007 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 3, 2008

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