Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

15-1132 Software Developers, 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. May supervise computer programmers.


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)
747,730 1.4 % $49.12 $102,160 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.57 $36.14 $47.24 $59.81 $73.90
Annual Wage (2) $57,340 $75,160 $98,260 $124,400 $153,710


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 272,020 14.43 $47.50 $98,810
Software Publishers 75,470 23.09 $54.07 $112,460
Other Information Services 38,380 16.53 $63.87 $132,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 36,480 1.61 $47.39 $98,570
Insurance Carriers 22,890 1.97 $44.69 $92,950

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 75,470 23.09 $54.07 $112,460
Other Information Services 38,380 16.53 $63.87 $132,850
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 272,020 14.43 $47.50 $98,810
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 12,140 7.66 $56.47 $117,450
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 21,600 7.43 $48.02 $99,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 38,380 16.53 $63.87 $132,850
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 410 2.11 $60.20 $125,210
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 2,490 1.84 $60.13 $125,060
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 9,000 2.01 $59.42 $123,580
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 390 0.38 $58.26 $121,190


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 123,950 8.00 1.48 $59.57 $123,900
Texas 53,460 4.62 0.85 $48.00 $99,830
Washington 49,980 16.75 3.09 $57.90 $120,430
New York 46,470 5.17 0.95 $53.14 $110,530
New Jersey 40,940 10.48 1.93 $47.75 $99,320




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 49,980 16.75 3.09 $57.90 $120,430
New Jersey 40,940 10.48 1.93 $47.75 $99,320
Colorado 23,610 9.63 1.78 $50.22 $104,450
Virginia 35,060 9.52 1.76 $50.88 $105,830
Massachusetts 28,630 8.43 1.55 $52.61 $109,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 123,950 8.00 1.48 $59.57 $123,900
Washington 49,980 16.75 3.09 $57.90 $120,430
New York 46,470 5.17 0.95 $53.14 $110,530
Massachusetts 28,630 8.43 1.55 $52.61 $109,430
Maryland 12,490 4.81 0.89 $52.02 $108,190





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 54,220 8.37 1.54 $53.56 $111,410
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 46,230 30.09 5.55 $58.91 $122,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 42,650 42.16 7.77 $70.78 $147,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 28,230 11.68 2.15 $53.12 $110,480
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 22,950 22.50 4.15 $56.62 $117,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 20,760 8.37 1.54 $45.82 $95,300
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 20,550 5.75 1.06 $44.00 $91,530
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 19,490 11.07 2.04 $51.80 $107,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 16,900 7.25 1.34 $48.83 $101,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,220 3.71 0.68 $53.07 $110,380