Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
378,920 1.6 % $47.10 $97,960 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.35 $36.41 $45.28 $56.57 $68.91
Annual Wage (2) $61,040 $75,720 $94,180 $117,670 $143,330


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 117,580 8.17 $46.55 $96,830
Software Publishers 25,240 9.94 $48.48 $100,840
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 21,140 13.43 $52.24 $108,650
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 18,520 4.58 $49.48 $102,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 17,460 2.85 $49.02 $101,960

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 21,140 13.43 $52.24 $108,650
Software Publishers 25,240 9.94 $48.48 $100,840
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 117,580 8.17 $46.55 $96,830
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 5,430 4.79 $45.50 $94,650
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 18,520 4.58 $49.48 $102,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,040 0.17 $55.23 $114,880
Satellite Telecommunications 180 1.66 $53.31 $110,880
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 21,140 13.43 $52.24 $108,650
Other Information Services 3,540 2.58 $51.58 $107,290
Radio and Television Broadcasting 40 0.02 $51.14 $106,370


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 69,040 4.93 1.65 $52.83 $109,890
Texas 33,630 3.33 1.12 $46.81 $97,370
Virginia 29,740 8.43 2.83 $51.68 $107,490
Massachusetts 27,100 8.69 2.91 $49.15 $102,220
New York 17,220 2.06 0.69 $46.49 $96,690




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 27,100 8.69 2.91 $49.15 $102,220
Virginia 29,740 8.43 2.83 $51.68 $107,490
Colorado 13,810 6.40 2.15 $46.84 $97,430
Washington 15,560 5.78 1.94 $49.00 $101,930
Maryland 12,820 5.21 1.75 $47.46 $98,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 69,040 4.93 1.65 $52.83 $109,890
Virginia 29,740 8.43 2.83 $51.68 $107,490
New Hampshire 2,210 3.66 1.23 $49.94 $103,870
Massachusetts 27,100 8.69 2.91 $49.15 $102,220
Washington 15,560 5.78 1.94 $49.00 $101,930

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 26,520 11.59 3.89 $52.72 $109,660
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 22,780 26.58 8.92 $59.27 $123,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 18,950 11.43 3.83 $49.31 $102,570
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 14,060 10.45 3.50 $49.50 $102,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,880 3.11 1.04 $49.80 $103,570
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,560 2.32 0.78 $49.19 $102,320
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 11,330 3.20 1.07 $45.51 $94,650
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,830 5.41 1.81 $49.23 $102,410
Denver-Aurora, CO 8,320 7.03 2.36 $45.76 $95,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,190 3.72 1.25 $46.85 $97,440




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 22,780 26.58 8.92 $59.27 $123,280
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 2,540 22.37 7.50 $51.53 $107,180
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,320 21.48 7.20 $48.40 $100,670
Huntsville, AL 2,730 13.51 4.53 $44.22 $91,970
Boulder, CO 1,860 12.23 4.10 $50.32 $104,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 26,520 11.59 3.89 $52.72 $109,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 18,950 11.43 3.83 $49.31 $102,570
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 1,400 10.93 3.67 $52.11 $108,400
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 14,060 10.45 3.50 $49.50 $102,950
Colorado Springs, CO 2,480 10.35 3.47 $47.57 $98,950




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jacksonville, NC (8) (8) (8) $73.60 $153,080
Danbury, CT 120 1.89 0.63 $64.50 $134,150
Gainesville, FL 80 0.70 0.24 $61.30 $127,500
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 22,780 26.58 8.92 $59.27 $123,280
Winchester, VA-WV (8) (8) (8) $56.19 $116,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 7,900 8.33 2.79 $55.08 $114,560
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 140 1.22 0.41 $54.60 $113,570
Napa, CA (8) (8) (8) $54.00 $112,310
Knoxville, TN 400 1.25 0.42 $53.63 $111,550
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,750 4.33 1.45 $52.73 $109,680

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 520 12.64 4.24 $52.59 $109,390
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 320 6.83 2.29 $53.41 $111,100
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.98 0.66 $34.32 $71,390
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.41 0.47 $33.74 $70,170
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.27 0.43 $32.53 $67,660

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 520 12.64 4.24 $52.59 $109,390
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 320 6.83 2.29 $53.41 $111,100
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 140 2.83 0.95 $43.75 $91,010
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.98 0.66 $34.32 $71,390
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.41 0.47 $33.74 $70,170

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $61.50 $127,920
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.25 0.42 $60.33 $125,480
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $54.93 $114,240
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 320 6.83 2.29 $53.41 $111,100
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 520 12.64 4.24 $52.59 $109,390


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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 17, 2011

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