Software developers

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Total Workforce
1.33M
Average Age
39
Average Salary
$114,915
Average Male Salary
$118,904
Average Female Salary
$96,621

About

Software developers are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Software developers was $114,915 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Software developers by wage are Other financial specialists, Physician assistants, and Computer hardware engineers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Software developers are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, Fremont City (East) PUMA, CA, and Mountain View, Palo Alto & Los Altos Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Software developers 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 and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Software developers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Software developers, by average wage, is Other consumer goods rental. Software developers are paid most in Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$114,915
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,631

In 2018, Software developers earned an average of $114,915, $61,027 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Physician assistants make somewhat more than Software developers while Other financial specialists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Software developers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.297
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Software developers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.297, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Software developers (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.

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Spatial Concentration

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

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Industries

Most Common

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

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Software developers, by average wage, are Other consumer goods rental, Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, and Taxi & limousine service.

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Industries by Share

1.33M
2018 Workforce
± 28,213

This graphic shows the share of Software developers employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Software developers at  43.6%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 3.06% and Banking & related activities with 2.95%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Software developers in the US. The average age of male Software developers in the workforce is 39.1 and of female Software developers is 38.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Software developers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

1.09M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 25,584
239k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 11,981

82.1% of Software developers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Software developers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Software developers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

54.3% of Software developers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 33.3% of Software developers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Software developers.

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Age by Gender

39.1
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.265
38.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.562

The median age of Software developers is 39, and Male employees are generally 0.474 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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