Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
686,470 1.2 % $47.85 $99,530 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.07 $35.45 $45.92 $58.15 $71.87
Annual Wage (2) $56,310 $73,730 $95,510 $120,950 $149,480


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 241,980 13.70 $46.87 $97,490
Software Publishers 67,210 22.11 $52.42 $109,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises 33,850 1.53 $46.32 $96,340
Other Information Services 31,080 14.94 $61.34 $127,590
Insurance Carriers 23,570 2.03 $43.88 $91,260

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 67,210 22.11 $52.42 $109,030
Other Information Services 31,080 14.94 $61.34 $127,590
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 241,980 13.70 $46.87 $97,490
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 13,800 8.75 $55.36 $115,140
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 17,550 6.40 $45.94 $95,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 31,080 14.94 $61.34 $127,590
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 30 0.52 $60.27 $125,360
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 2,420 1.52 $58.00 $120,630
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 8,680 1.96 $57.80 $120,220
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 200 0.17 $56.95 $118,460


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 106,660 7.05 1.39 $57.68 $119,970
Washington 48,890 16.87 3.32 $55.47 $115,370
Texas 45,800 4.08 0.80 $46.65 $97,030
New York 44,050 5.00 0.98 $51.45 $107,020
New Jersey 37,350 9.65 1.90 $48.47 $100,830




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 48,890 16.87 3.32 $55.47 $115,370
Virginia 36,840 10.10 1.99 $50.08 $104,170
New Jersey 37,350 9.65 1.90 $48.47 $100,830
Colorado 22,680 9.58 1.89 $48.84 $101,590
Massachusetts 26,900 8.10 1.59 $52.73 $109,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 106,660 7.05 1.39 $57.68 $119,970
Washington 48,890 16.87 3.32 $55.47 $115,370
Massachusetts 26,900 8.10 1.59 $52.73 $109,670
Maryland 12,940 5.06 1.00 $52.07 $108,300
New York 44,050 5.00 0.98 $51.45 $107,020





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 45,310 30.36 5.98 $56.47 $117,460
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 39,970 7.41 1.46 $53.42 $111,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 33,990 34.92 6.87 $68.45 $142,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 30,460 12.81 2.52 $51.99 $108,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 21,730 5.79 1.14 $41.84 $87,020
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 20,690 11.53 2.27 $54.15 $112,630
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 19,060 17.54 3.45 $56.54 $117,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 17,490 7.33 1.44 $44.89 $93,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 16,010 3.95 0.78 $50.07 $104,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 15,470 6.91 1.36 $47.54 $98,880




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 33,990 34.92 6.87 $68.45 $142,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 45,310 30.36 5.98 $56.47 $117,460
Boulder, CO 3,780 22.60 4.45 $51.23 $106,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 19,060 17.54 3.45 $56.54 $117,610
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 3,590 16.02 3.15 $46.52 $96,760
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 2,540 15.68 3.09 $48.37 $100,610
Raleigh-Cary, NC 8,020 14.69 2.89 $45.72 $