Software developers, applications & systems software

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Total Workforce

1.36M

Average Age

39.8

Average Salary

$109,309

Average Male Salary

$113,529

Average Female Salary

$91,669

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Software developers, applications & systems software are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Software developers, applications & systems software was $109,309 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Software developers, applications & systems software by wage are Aerospace engineers, Other financial specialists, and Natural sciences managers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Software developers, applications & systems software are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, San Jose (Northwest) & Santa Clara Cities PUMA, CA, and Fremont City (East) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Software developers, applications & systems software are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, Greater Bellevue City PUMA, WA, and San Jose (Northwest) & Santa Clara Cities PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Software developers, applications & systems software and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Software developers, applications & systems software, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Software developers, applications & systems software, by average wage, is Video tape & disk rental. Software developers, applications & systems software are paid most in Dutchess County (Southwest) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$109,309

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,418

In 2017, Software developers, applications & systems software earned an average of $109,309, $57,245 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Other financial specialists make somewhat more than Software developers, applications & systems software while Aerospace engineers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Software developers, applications & systems software as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.284

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Software developers, applications & systems software had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.284, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Software developers, applications & systems software (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Software developers, applications & systems software.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Software developers, applications & systems software

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Software developers, applications & systems software.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Software developers, applications & systems software, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Insurance carriers & related activities, and Architectural, engineering & related services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Software developers, applications & systems software, by average wage, are Video tape & disk rental, Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, and Specialized design services.

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Industries by Share

1.36M

2017 Workforce

± 28,495

8.07%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.8%

The number of people employed as Software developers, applications & systems software has been growing at a rate of 8.07%, from 1,258,113 people in 2016 to 1,359,624 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Software developers, applications & systems software employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Software developers, applications & systems software at  43.1%, followed by Insurance carriers & related activities with 3.24% and Architectural, engineering & related services with 3%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Software developers, applications & systems software in the US. The average age of male Software developers, applications & systems software in the workforce is 39.7 and of female Software developers, applications & systems software is 40.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Software developers, applications & systems software is White.

Gender Composition

1.1M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 25,621

262k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 12,567

80.7% of Software developers, applications & systems software are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Software developers, applications & systems software.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Software developers, applications & systems software

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

58% of Software developers, applications & systems software are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 32.9% of Software developers, applications & systems software, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Software developers, applications & systems software.

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Age by Gender

39.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.264

40.2

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.574

The median age of Software developers, applications & systems software is 39.8, and Male employees are generally 0.507 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Software developers, applications & systems software from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Software developers, applications & systems software is Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services but a relatively high number of Software developers, applications & systems software hold a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Software developers, applications & systems software from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Software developers, applications & systems software need many skills, but most especially Programming, Systems Evaluation, and Systems Analysis. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Software developers, applications & systems software need more than the average amount of Programming, Installation, and Technology Design.

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