Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

15-1032 Computer Software Engineers, 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. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

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)
385,200 1.5 % $46.45 $96,620 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.65 $35.83 $44.94 $56.01 $67.28
Annual Wage (2) $59,600 $74,520 $93,470 $116,510 $139,930


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 119,640 $45.74 $95,150
Software Publishers 26,810 $47.04 $97,840
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 23,040 $53.85 $112,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 19,790 $49.49 $102,940
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 15,590 $47.33 $98,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 23,040 $53.85 $112,020
Other Information Services 5,080 $53.07 $110,380
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,000 $52.06 $108,290
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 280 $51.37 $106,860
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 5,690 $51.22 $106,540


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 Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 27,150 $48.88 $101,670 8.566
Virginia 28,830 $51.49 $107,100 8.032
Colorado 16,400 $47.40 $98,590 7.339
Washington 17,920 $47.63 $99,080 6.425
Maryland 13,510 $46.14 $95,980 5.395

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 69,200 $52.52 $109,240 4.762
Virginia 28,830 $51.49 $107,100 8.032
New Hampshire 2,420 $48.95 $101,820 3.915
Massachusetts 27,150 $48.88 $101,670 8.566
New Jersey 13,180 $48.15 $100,150 3.423


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 Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,460 $59.79 $124,360 27.511
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 2,620 $50.79 $105,650 22.687
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,260 $51.01 $106,090 20.725
Durham, NC 4,620 $48.02 $99,870 16.764
Boulder, CO 2,590 $53.09 $110,420 16.609

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 24,460 $59.79 $124,360 27.511
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 7,280 $54.88 $114,150 7.403
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 $54.51 $113,380 0.407
Winchester, VA-WV (8) $53.27 $110,800 (8)
Napa, CA (8) $53.17 $110,590 (8)


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 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: May 14, 2010

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