Software publishing

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Workforce
461k
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
40.1
Estimated Job Growth
20.5%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$136,824
Average Male Salary
$151,191
Average Female Salary
$137,619

About

The top three occupations in the Software publishing Industry Group are Software developers, Other managers, Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel, Computer support specialists, and Customer service representatives. On average, full-time employees in the Software publishing Industry Group work 44.8 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $139,456. Part-time employees in the same industry work 21.4 hours and earn an average annual salary of $47,192.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Software publishing Industry Group are Madison City (Central) PUMA, WI, Dane County (West) PUMA, WI, and North Beach & Chinatown PUMA, CA. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Software publishing.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Software publishing Industry Group. Software developers are the most common position, but the Software publishing Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Software quality assurance analysts and testers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Software publishing goes to Architectural & engineering managers.

Monthly Employment

Start Year
Y-Axis
−0.0414%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 242k people employed in the Software Publishers industry. This represents a −0.0414% decrease in employment when compared to May 2020.

This chart shows monthly employment numbers for Software Publishers over time (non-seasonally adjusted).

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

461k
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 130k
−19.2%
1 Year Growth
± 11.3%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 461k people employed in the Software publishing Industry Group in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Software publishing Industry Group has been declining at a rate of −19.2%, , from 160k people in 2018 to 130k people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Software publishing by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Software developers represent the largest share of positions held in Software publishing at 24.5%, followed by Other managers with 11% and Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel with 7.28%.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Software publishing employs an unusually high number of Software quality assurance analysts and testers, Software developers, and Technical writers.

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Wages

Average Salary

$136,824
AVERAGE WAGE
± $7,557

On average, employees in the Software publishing Industry Group make $136,824 per year. This number makes Software publishing the 3 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Software publishing Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.372
WAGE GINI

Software publishing has a wage GINI of 0.372, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Software publishing (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Software publishing Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Software publishing Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Software publishing Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Software publishing Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $151,191 and $137,619. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

43.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±5.14k
86k
MALE WORKFORCE
±7.2k

66.3% of workers in the Software publishing Industry Group are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Software publishing Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$151,191
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$10,148
$137,619
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$8,336

On average, Male workers in the Software publishing Industry Group make 1.1 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Software publishing Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. White
  3. Two or More Races

On average, Asian employees in the Software publishing Industry Group earn 1.1 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Software publishing Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Software publishing Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Software publishing Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Software publishing Industry Group is Information.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Software publishing is from Information.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Software publishing is from Information.

The Software publishing Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Software publishing is from Information.

The Information Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Software publishing Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Software publishing Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Software publishers industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 7.66% in the next ten years. The Software publishers industry has a higher projected workforce growth at 20.5%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (59.9%) is higher than the projected national growth in output (24.2%).

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Software publishers.
20.5%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
7.66%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Software publishers. This industry is expected to grow more than than 7.66%, the average rate of national job growth.

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Output Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Software publishers.
59.9%
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10-year Projection

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