Highest Paying Industries for Software Developers and Programmers

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Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing60.21125230
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing57.76120140
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage56.58117690
Other Information Services55.28114980
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)53.89112080
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities53.82111950
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing53.77111840
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing53.34110950
Securities and Commodity Exchanges51.51107140
Software Publishers51.19106470
Manufacturing50.81105680
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing50.77105600
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences50.76105590
Scientific Research and Development Services50.53105110
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing50.49105010
Support Activities for Mining50.47104980
Other Financial Investment Activities50.27104550
Publishing Industries (except Internet)50.12104240
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction49.91103810
Communications Equipment Manufacturing49.54103040
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank49.49102930
Information49.23102400
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers48.69101270
Natural Gas Distribution48.28100420
Mining48.15100150
Engineering Services48.13100110
Travel Agencies48.0499930
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers47.9699760
Utility System Construction47.899420
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services47.6799160
Depository Credit Intermediation47.6799150
Water, Sewage and Other Systems47.5398860
Oil and Gas Extraction47.4298630
Cable and Other Subscription Programming47.2298210
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance47.1197990
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing46.8397400
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing46.7697260
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation46.7297170
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods46.7197150
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media46.6997120
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores46.696930
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities46.5996910
Nondepository Credit Intermediation46.5896880
Telecommunications46.4696640
Finance and Insurance46.4396570
All industries, private ownership only46.2796230
Pipeline Transportation46.2296150
Postal Service (federal government)46.0895850
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas46.0795830
Other Personal Services4695670
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing45.9595580
Satellite Telecommunications45.8895430
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing45.8495350
All industries45.8195280
Other Pipeline Transportation45.7895230
Employment Services45.7495140
Rail Transportation45.7195080
Wholesale Trade45.795050
Waste Treatment and Disposal45.6594950
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing45.6294890
Repair and Maintenance45.694850
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers45.4294480
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services45.4294470
Computer Systems Design and Related Services45.3494310
Wired Telecommunications Carriers45.2394070
Support Activities for Air Transportation45.1693940
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing45.0393670
Water Transportation45.0393660
Federal government, including the US Postal Service45.0193620
Utilities44.8893340
Waste Management and Remediation Services44.8693310
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation44.8593290
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services44.8493260
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services44.7693100
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing44.7493060
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance44.5992740
Management of Companies and Enterprises44.4292390
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners44.3792290
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services44.3692270
Footwear Manufacturing44.3392210
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services44.2692070
Administrative and Support Services44.2592050
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction44.1791870
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation44.0391590
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing44.0291570
Rental and Leasing Services44.0191550
Personal and Laundry Services43.9891470
Dairy Product Manufacturing43.8791240
Land Subdivision43.8491190
Other Investment Pools and Funds43.6990870
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing43.6290730
Basic Chemical Manufacturing43.690690
Federal Executive Branch43.5790630
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles43.5390540
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned43.5390540
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing43.5190490
Chemical Manufacturing43.4890440
Scheduled Air Transportation43.4890440
Air Transportation43.4390340
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution43.3890240
Support Activities for Water Transportation43.390070
Testing Laboratories43.2790010
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)43.2589950
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds43.1889810
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers43.1789790
Motion Picture and Video Industries43.189640
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing43.0989620
Other Building Equipment Contractors43.0889610
Miscellaneous Manufacturing43.0689560
Consumer Goods Rental43.0389510
Other Telecommunications43.0189450
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services42.8289070
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events42.7388880
Security Systems Services42.788820
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing42.5688530
Office Administrative Services42.4688320
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries42.4188210
Insurance Carriers42.488200
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing42.3788130
Machinery Manufacturing42.2687910
Transportation and Warehousing42.2587890
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities42.2287820
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing42.1787710
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services42.1787710
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing42.1687700
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers42.1687690
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories42.1687680
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities42.1487650
Other Insurance Related Activities42.0787510
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers42.0687480
Beverage Manufacturing42.0587450
Couriers and Messengers41.9587260
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing41.9487230
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing41.9287200
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing41.9287190
Couriers and Express Delivery Services41.7786890
Spectator Sports41.6286570
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities41.586320
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services41.4486200
Investigation and Security Services41.4186130
Offices of Physicians41.3686030
Specialty hospitals, State government owned41.3586010
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing41.1685610
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing41.1685610
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing41.1385560
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned41.0685400
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)41.0585390
Nonscheduled Air Transportation41.0485370
Waste Collection41.0485370
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing41.0185300
Other Support Services40.8684990
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned40.8184890
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)40.7784810
Support Activities for Transportation40.584250
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing40.4884200
Outpatient Care Centers40.3984010
Restaurants and Other Eating Places40.2283660
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages40.1783550
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)40.1783550
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries40.1583520
Ambulatory Health Care Services40.1583510
Legal Services40.183400
Animal Slaughtering and Processing40.0683320
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services40.0283230
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing39.9883160
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing39.9683120
Educational Support Services, Privately owned39.9283040
Food Manufacturing39.8482860
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services39.8182810
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction39.8182800
Hardware Manufacturing39.7582690
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)39.782570
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing39.6882540
Direct Selling Establishments39.6182400
Home Health Care Services39.682370
Electronics and Appliance Stores39.5482240
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing39.582160
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers39.3981930
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing39.3481830
Hospitals, Privately owned39.3481830
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers39.2381600
Broadcasting (except Internet)39.2381600
Specialized Freight Trucking39.2181560
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing39.281540
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers39.281540
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing39.1981520
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing39.1881490
Activities Related to Real Estate39.1581430
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)39.1481420
Gambling Industries39.1481410
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)39.1281370
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned39.181340
Lessors of Real Estate39.0881280
Warehousing and Storage39.0481200
Plastics Product Manufacturing38.9881080
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers38.9781050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)38.9681040
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing38.8980900
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing38.8580820
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)38.7580600
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing38.7380560
Paper Manufacturing38.6980480
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers38.6980480
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation38.5580190
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing38.5480160
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing38.5380140
Construction38.4680000
Nonstore Retailers38.4679990
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses38.4279920
Apparel Manufacturing38.4179890
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing38.2579550
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals38.2379530
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations38.2279500
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services38.1579350
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing38.1479330
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers38.1379310
Business Support Services38.1179260
Nonresidential Building Construction38.179240
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing38.0779180
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers38.0579140
Building Equipment Contractors38.0479120
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing3879040
Primary Metal Manufacturing37.9278870
Specialty Trade Contractors37.8578720
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors37.8278670
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods37.8178640
Freight Transportation Arrangement37.6778350
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)37.6678340
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers37.5478080
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors37.5378060
Television Broadcasting37.578010
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing37.4577900
Facilities Support Services37.4577900
Other Food Manufacturing37.477780
Telephone Call Centers37.3677720
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing37.3677710
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services37.3577690
Real Estate37.3177600
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services37.2777530
Household Appliance Manufacturing37.2377440
Truck Transportation37.1877340
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing37.1277210
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers37.0777100
Casino Hotels37.0577070
Educational Services, Privately owned37.0577060
Retail Trade36.8976740
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing36.8676660
Food Services and Drinking Places36.8676660
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations36.7876500
Local government, including schools and hospitals36.7476420
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned36.6376200
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors36.5776070
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills36.5375980
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers36.4975910
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation36.4675830
Federal, State, and Local Government36.3575610
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service36.3575610
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers36.3575600
Fabric Mills36.2675420
Food and Beverage Stores36.1875240
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)36.1775230
General Freight Trucking36.175090
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned35.6474130
Sound Recording Industries35.5974030
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers35.5974020
Social Advocacy Organizations35.5273880
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities35.4873800
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations35.473630
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned35.3173440
Rubber Product Manufacturing35.373420
Construction of Buildings35.2673350
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing35.2673330
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers35.2473300
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service35.1673130
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing35.1573110
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing35.0672930
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned35.0272830
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing35.0172820
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals34.872370
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing34.7872350
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing34.7372240
Other General Merchandise Stores34.6872140
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing34.6772110
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel34.6272020
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)34.6372020
Forging and Stamping34.6171990
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned34.5971950
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities34.4871720
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing34.4471640
Radio and Television Broadcasting34.471550
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing34.3971540
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities34.471540
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers34.3771480
Specialized Design Services34.2771290
State government, including schools and hospitals34.271130
Printing and Related Support Activities34.1971120
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)34.1771070
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers34.0570820
Grocery Stores34.0470800
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)33.6469970
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned33.5969860
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing33.569680
Foundries33.4269500
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned33.3969440
Social Assistance33.3569360
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities33.3369330
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers33.2569170
Educational Services, State government owned33.2569160
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing33.2469130
Textile Furnishings Mills33.1268900
Clothing Stores33.0768790
Residential Building Construction33.0768780
Educational Services, Local government owned33.0568740
Individual and Family Services32.9968610
Grantmaking and Giving Services32.9868590
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers32.9268470
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities32.9268460
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries32.7468100
Newspaper Publishers32.7368070
Machine Shops32.7168040
Accommodation and Food Services32.5667730
Educational Support Services, Local government owned32.5567710
Junior colleges, Privately owned32.5567700
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures32.4967570
Health and Personal Care Stores32.3767320
Offices of Other Health Practitioners32.3267220
Vocational Rehabilitation Services32.2767120
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying32.1966960
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)32.1266820
Full-Service Restaurants32.1166790
Textile Mills32.166770
Mining (except Oil and Gas)32.0866720
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing31.9366410
Photographic Services31.866150
Traveler Accommodation31.7165950
Wood Product Manufacturing31.6765870
Junior colleges, Local government owned31.5165550
Textile Product Mills31.465310
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions31.3365160
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing31.2464980
Other Residential Care Facilities31.2364960
Other Wood Product Manufacturing30.9464360
Accommodation30.9264320
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)30.9264310
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters30.7764010
Other Textile Product Mills30.5663560
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers29.6361620
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing29.4861320
Animal Food Manufacturing29.461140
Used Merchandise Stores29.360950
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing29.0660450
Junior colleges, State government owned28.6859650
Home Furnishings Stores28.3658990
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers28.3558960
Civic and Social Organizations28.3358920
Performing Arts Companies28.3158890
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing27.8757970
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries27.7957800
Radio Broadcasting27.5557290
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned27.2156590
Religious Organizations26.8255790
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores26.7255570
Automotive Repair and Maintenance26.7155550
Sporting Goods Stores26.4154930
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers26.354700
Automobile Dealers25.9854040
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores25.9854030
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers25.6653380
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores25.3452700
Miscellaneous Store Retailers25.1952390
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills25.1552310
Furniture Stores25.0352050
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers24.5251010
Building Material and Supplies Dealers24.2950520
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores24.0650040
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores23.6549180
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers23.5849060
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance22.5546900
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers21.7545240
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores21.2744240
Book Stores and News Dealers19.6340820
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists18.9539420
Offices of Dentists15.1231460

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